Schools need K-to-12 permit – DepEd

Manila, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) stressed yesterday that private schools, should they wish to implement the K-to-12 Program, would first have to secure recognition or permit to operate.

According to DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo, DepEd’s function — when it comes to private schools and the K-to-12 program -- remains the same: Ensure that the programs these schools offer are aligned with what the DepEd or public schools offer.

“Ganun pa din ang role ng DepEd when it comes to the implementation of Senior High School (SHS) or the K to 12 Program in private schools,” Mateo explained. “Those private schools who wish to implement the Grades 11 and 12 [SHS] may do so, but they have to write to us kasi kailangan maging consistent yung ipapatupad nilang programa doon sa K-to-12 program,” he said.

Earlier, the Federation of Associations of Private Schools and  Administrators (FAPSA) said some of the provisions in the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the K-to-12 law put private schools in a “compromising situation” especially those that concern the implementation of the additional two years or the SHS.

FAPSA President Eleazardo Kasilag, in particular, questioned why “private schools still need to apply for SHS permit to be recognized.”

FAPSA urged DepEd to clarify Rule IV, Section 15 in the IRR entitled “Private Educational Institutions” which states: “The DepEd shall regulate the offering of senior high school in private educational institutions. Private educational institutions may only offer senior high school when so authorized by the DepEd. The DepEd shall prescribe the guidelines on the issuance and revocation of permits and/or recognition of senior high schools.”