Some 4.4 million or about 13 percent of school-age Filipinos five to 20 years old are currently not enrolled, a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations revealed.
The Department of Education has implemented blended learning for school year 2020-2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The SWS poll, taken from November 21 to 25, showed that 15 percent of five- to six-year-olds and 13 percent among 16- to 17-year-olds are currently not enrolled in schools under the DepEd program.
It was three percent for the seven to 11 age bracket, and four percent among the 12- to 15-year-olds.
But the biggest drop in enrollment was in the 18- to 20-year-old bracket at 40 percent.
By area, school-age Filipinos who are not enrolled currently were an identical 14 percent for NCR and Mindanao; 13 percent in balance Luzon and 12 percent in the Visayas.
The percentage not enrolled is higher among families of less-educated household heads.