DepEd warns against private schools without permits

A June 8, 2011 press release by the Department of Education

The Department of Education has advised parents to verify if the private schools wherein their children are enrolled have permits, recognition, or accreditation from the DepEd, in order to avoid complications later on.

The Department issued the advisory through DepEd Order No. 38 series of 2011 as the department goes full swing for Oplan Balik Eskwela.

According to the Department, students who finished a grade or year level in a school without a permit to operate will be asked to take the Philippine Validating Test prior to admission in another school in order to validate the acquired learning gains.

The DepEd ordered all its regional offices to submit to the Office of the Undersecretary for Regional Operations the names and addresses of private schools that are recognized, accredited, and have permits to operate.

The list of private schools with permits will be displayed at DepEd offices, municipal halls, and other public places to serve as reference and guide for parents.

In addition, the Department issued a statement warning private schools operating without a permit to comply with government regulations. “We will set a deadline for private schools without permit to operate to secure permits, otherwise they will be closed down,” said the statement.

According to the latest data, the DepEd estimates that only 75 percent of private schools are recognized, accredited, and have permits to operate.

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.