THE Department of Education in Central Visayas (DepEd 7) said 25 private schools in the region have submitted their intent not to operate for this school year 2020-2021.
Salustiano Jimenez, DepEd 7 director, said of the number, 23 are in Cebu (Cebu City, Naga City, Mandaue City, Talisay City, Danao City, Toledo City and Carcar City, among others), one in Bohol and one in Negros Oriental, also due to the low number of enrollees.
“We can say that they’re closed, either temporarily or permanently, if ever we receive a communication from the school, but the ones we count are only those that reach our office,” he said.
DepEd earlier said it cannot stop private basic education institutions from not operating, especially if the main reason for their closure is due to the low number of enrollees.
Jimenez also said out of the 1,019 private schools in the region, almost 900 have secured their special permit to operate while the issuance is still ongoing as of now.
He said private schools need to acquire a special permit from DepEd to continue operating amid the Covid pandemic. The schools need to submit the following requirements: their learning continuity plan, which also indicates their chosen learning modality; school calendar; and the undertaking that they are compliant with the set health protocol.
No fewer than 165 private schools have started operating even before Aug. 24, the first set date for the start of classes before it was moved to Oct. 5. (WBS)