440 Private Schools Suspend Operations This Year
440 PRIVATE SCHOOLS – About 440 private schools, elementary and high schools nationwide this school year due to low enrollment of students.
This came from a statement from Department of Education (DepEd), according to a report from PhilStar.
Data from DepEd showed that out of 14,435 private schools, four-hundred and forty of them notified the department of the decision to suspend its operation for the academic year 2020-2021.
Among them are 88 in Region 3, 67 in Region IV-A, 54 in Metro Manila and 48 in Region VI.
41 of them schools offer kindergarten to Grade 10; 7 of them are are junior and senior high schools; while 15 schools offer basic education programs.
Jesus Mateo, DepEd undersecretary said that the main reason for the suspension is due to low enrollment and the high cost of continuing operations under a blended learning setup.
Based on the report, face-to-face classes have been suspended for the rest of the year due to the risks of COVID-19. This also urged schoolsto adopt distance learning methods like shifting to online or modular-based learning.
Only 1.8 million students enrolled in private schools, according to the latest data. This represents 41.75% of over 4 million private-school enrollment of students last year.
Nearly 400,000 students from private schools have also transferred to public schools for the coming school year.
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