3 Basic Ed Budget Briefer
As table 1 shows, while
the enrollment rate has increased in 2009, thedropout rate has not decreased the same year.
low completion ratealso indicates that a considerable number of enrollees are unable to finishschooling.
Both dropout and completion rate therefore cancel out whatever “good”the slight increase in enrolment rate has. The United Nations also underscores that the national average of the enrolment rateshould not make us lose sight of the fact that poorer areas in the country, especiallyin Mindanao, have a low enrolment rate.
In Sulu, for instance, only 62% of the childrenare enrolled in public elementary schools.Moreover, the gross enrollment rate (i.e. the total number of enrollees regardless of age)and participation rate (i.e. the total number of enrollees based on official school age) inelementary are
carried over in the high school level. This goes to show that
aconsiderable number of students in elementary are unable to continue to highschool.
Table 2. Population, Enrolment and Out-of-School
Source: DepEd Basic Education Information System, 2010 Table 2 shows
the increase in the number of out-of-school youth whichtotals to 7.93 million (35.77%) for both elementary and high school.
Notethat the number of out-of-school youth is higher in the high school level. In fact,
more than half
of the youth’s population which should be enrolled in highschool is out-of-school (54.4%).
Table 3. QualityINDICATORELEMENTARYSECONDARY
SY 2008-2009SY 2009-2010SY 2008-2009SY 2009-20101. National Achievement Test (Mean Percentage Score)
Public and Private65.55%68.01%46.71%45.56%Public Only66.33%69.21%47.40%46.38%Private Only52.47%44.17%42.59%
2. School Readiness Assessment Results, % Gr. Assessed (Public)