MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to formulate a “flexible” tuition payment scheme that would help parents whose sources of income were affected during the community quarantine due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The DepEd should come out with more flexible payment terms so students can continue to enroll for this school year. Some families have experienced losses because of the lockdown,” Sotto said.
“Private schools should be more accepting of proposed different payment schemes which are more affordable to parents who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 lockdown,” he added.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier reported that millions of workers have been displaced in recent months after business owners were forced to either close shop or reduce their workforce due to the strict quarantine regulations.
In May, DOLE estimated that 10 million workers could lose jobs this year due to the public health crisis.
Sotto said schools should allow the staggered payment of tuition under longer terms to give parents more time and opportunity to save money to pay off the cost of sending their children to school.
“Makatutulong ng husto kung pahahabain ng mga paaralan ang panahon ng pagbabayad ng mga school fees upang magkaroon ng mas mahabang panahon ang mga magulang para magawan ng paraan ang kanilang ipambabayad para sa pag-aaral ng kanilang mga anak,” Sotto said.
Enrolment for basic and secondary education in public schools is ongoing.
The DepEd has announced that the Academic Year 2020-2021 will open on August 24 and close in April 2021.
Public and private schools and learning institutes nationwide have been encouraged to use available distance learning, e-learning, and other alternative modes of delivery instead of face-to-face classes so as not to risk the health of students.
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