Manila school holds parade, program to mark start of early registration

Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 26 2019 11:48 AM

MANILA - A public school in Manila turned festive at the start of the month-long early registration for school year 2019-2020 on Saturday morning. 

Teachers, students, and parents of the Antonio Regidor Elementary School in Sta. Cruz, Manila marched on the streets around their school led by a drum and lyre band while carrying Chinese lanterns. 

This was followed by a program at the school grounds where parents were oriented on the importance of early registration, which will last until the last day of February. 

Principal Evelyn Balunsay told parents this would help the school anticipate how many students would be enrolling in June so it could prepare the facilities and number of teachers needed.

While early registration mainly targets those entering Kindergarten, Grade 1, 7, and 11, teachers at Antonio Regidor Elementary also encouraged parents of students from other grade levels to signup early.

Parents enlisting their children should bring a copy of the student's birth certificate and latest original report card.

The Manila school has around 1,400 students, but at least 100 have come for the first day of early registration as of Saturday morning. 

Balunsay said they expect many to cram and show up during the enrollment near the start of classes. 

Teachers, thus, plan to conduct weekly rounds in barangays surrounding the school to inform residents of the need to register students early.