DepED disallows 27 private schools in EV to operate this school year due to lack of permit
PALO, Leyte – At least 27 privately-owned schools in Eastern Visayas will not be allowed by the Department of Education (DepEd) to operate this school year for failure to secure government permit required for learning centers to provide quality basic education.
Joel Zartiga, DepEd quality assurance and accountability (QAA) division specialist disclosed that most of these pre-elementary, elementary and secondary schools failed to come up with a detailed feasibility study justifying the operation of their business.
“Based on their documents submitted to us, they failed to improve their curriculum, classroom and teachers program, retirement plan for teachers, among others,” Zartiga said.
Based on listings obtained by Leyte Samar Daily Express, as of May 18, 2012, schools without permit are located in all provinces of the region.
In Leyte, these schools are Bato Institute of Science and Technology, Inc. in Bato town; Holy Family Center of Studies Foundation in San Isidro; Immaculate Conception Academy of Burauen, Inc. in Burauen; Nuestra Seòora Del Refugio Parochial School, Inc in Dulag; St. Vincent Ferrer Academy Incorporated in Babatngon; St. Vincent Learning Center in Baybay City; Son of Mary School Child Learning Center in Carigara; Leyte Christian Gospel School Inc. in San Isidro; UCCP Christian Pre-school in Baybay City; St. John Learning Center in Mayorga; Palompon Child Formation Center in Palompon; Interdenominational Christian School in Tanauan.
Asia College of Advance Studies in Arts, Science and Technology, Inc. in Bobon; East Pacific Computer College in Catarman; Our Lady of Assumption Preparatory School in Palapag; Poppy Learning Center in Catarman; Little Genius Learning Center in Catarman; New Life Kings Maker Academy in San Jose, all in Northern Samar.
Other schools are the Maripipi Saint Michael Learning Center, Inc. in Maripipi in Biliran; Prestige International School, Inc. in Maasin City, Southern Leyte; Borongan Kiddie Learning Center, Borongan UCCP Kiddie Center, and Good Samaritan Children’s Center in Borongan City in Eastern Samar; St. Peter and Paul School House in Ormoc City; Little Birdie Child Learning Center in Catbalogan, Samar; St. James of Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, Inc; and Bright Spark Interactive Pres-school in Tacloban City.
“We discourage parents to have their children be enrolled in schools without DepEd accreditation to avoid complications,” Zartiga said.
As of this week, DepEd regional office has allowed 241 privately-owned schools to operate in time with the opening of new school year on June 4, 2012.
While the DepEd is in full charge of the basic education in elementary and secondary public schools, it has supervisory powers over private schools to ensure that they comply with government standards.
In February 15, 2012, the DepEd regional office has ordered for closure of Good Samaritan Children Center in Borongan City due to failure to comply government regulations. (Sarwell Q. Meniano)
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