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The Department of Education (DepEd) has called on all incoming Grade 11 students to enroll before this weekend so the start of classes on June 13 would be smooth and orderly.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Education Secretary Armin Luistro warned senior high school students that school officials might not accept them on the first day of classes if they had failed to enroll early.

“That is going to be difficult,” Luistro said in Filipino, noting the senior high school program is different, as it requires students to pick the tracks they want to pursue.

“This is like college. Once we have reached the limit for a particular track or stream, we will have to request the student to choose another track or school,” he said.

Luistro said incoming Grade 11 students should enroll early, as admission to senior high school tracks will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

He said they need at least a month to prepare the class distribution so they could assist students who might be turned down due to over-enrollment in a particular track.

The DepEd will implement next month the first year of the senior high school program, which seeks to add two years to basic education in the country.

Under the program, Grade 10 completers, formerly fourth year high school students, will be asked to choose among four tracks they want to pursue – academic, technical-vocational-livelihood, sports or arts and design. Various streams have been identified under the four tracks.

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