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Out-Of-School Children In PH Dropped, 1 in 16 Children Unenrolled

OUT-OF-SCHOOL CHILDREN – The out-of-school children in the Philippines decreased.

There are lots of out-of-school children in the Philippines. Most of them have different reasons why they didn’t get enrolled.

Most of their reason is the financial status of their parents or their house is situated in a very far distance from school.

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Based on a report from ABS-CBN News, 1.3 million children in the country won’t be able to enroll this coming school year.

That report was based on the London-based child aid agency, Save The Children.

That number of children decreased compared to the survey 2 decades ago where 1 in 6 or 2.9 million kids was out of school. Now, 1 in 16 children was not enrolled.

“After almost two decades of no progress, the Philippines cut the share of children out of school by about 60 percent in just the last 10 years,” said the agency.

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According to the report, Save The Children evaluated 176 countries based on the kid’s access to education, nutrition, healthcare, and protection from dangerous practices.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) has an on-going “intense and continuous” operation to bring the kids to school.

“[DepEd] has incentivized school attendance with feeding programs and cash transfers based on school attendance. DepEd has also piloted a wide range of alternative schooling models to offer flexibility for students’ differing circumstances and address the specific needs of learners,” it said.

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Based on the report, Save The Children’s office head in Manila, Albert Muyot, said their campaign has progressed but there are still much more to prioritize.

“The access to education has improved that’s why our enrollment has also improved… 1.3 million is 1.3 million. So 1.3 million is too many because all children should be in school,” said Muyot.

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