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400 private schools at risk of closure over lack of enrollees

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Some 400 private schools are at risk of closure due to the lack of enrollees amid the coronavirus pandemic, a survey by the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA) found.

According to Bernadette Reyes’ Wednesday report on “24 Oras,” 80 percent of 500 private schools surveyed by COCOPEA may soon close.

“Eighty percent no’ng mga natanong ang nagsabi na hanggang katapusan na lamang ng Agosto ang kanilang resources… Pagkatapos niyan, they are already considering closing down operations,” COCOPEA managing director Joseph Noel Estrada said.

Around 370,000 private school teachers have also taken pay cuts or have gone on no work, no pay status since the pandemic started.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said an estimated 319,000 students have so far enrolled in private schools for the upcoming school year, compared to four million enrollees recorded last year.

“Right now, it is projected that around two million students would transfer to public schools. So ibig sabihin no’n, kung kalahati ng estudyante ‘yung mawawala… ito ay nangangahulugan din ng pagsasara ng mga eskwelahan,” ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio said.

“‘Pag nagsara ‘yung eskwelahan, the layoff, retrenchment ng mga private school teachers natin ‘yung kasunod,” he added.

Basilio noted that parents’ lack of income due quarantine restrictions may be behind the low number of enrollees.

Estrada urged the government to consider a subsidy for private school teachers.

“Malaking bagay kung ang gobyerno ay makakapagbigay kahit isang buwan lamang na katumbas ng kanilang sahod,” Estrada said.

“Maaari po silang i-hire ng Department of Education para po dito sa pagbubukas ng school year 2020-2021 kasi experienced na ito,” Basilio added.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian earlier urged subsidies for private schools amid the pandemic. 

Subsidy for private school teachers is included in the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

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As class opening draws near, private schools start layoffs over decline in enrollees

It started with a warm and funny chit-chat.

Part-time professors of a private college in Metro Manila saw each other again Tuesday in an online video conference after a long school hiatus.

Everyone was ecstatic, teasing each other's "quarantine look," finding surprise in the wonders of virtual meeting, and raising many other amusing topics. 

But when the agenda of the meeting got off the ground, the loud get-together drastically turned into a deafening silence of worry and brokenheartedness.

The dean of the school's College of Arts and Sciences announced in tears the layoff of the college’s part-time professors, citing the institution’s budget constraints.

She said there has been a decline in enrollees for the first semester of academic year 2020-2021. Some upper-year students have been withdrawing their papers too to transfer to state-run universities and colleges.

The coronavirus disease pandemic in the Philippines has toppled many businesses and caused widespread job losses, making it difficult for many to send children to school.

A professor teaching foreign languages for the past 15 years was among the many professors who will not get a teaching load for the next semester. 

The announcement, she said, meant a major adjustment in her lifestyle.

“All of a sudden, mawawalan tayo ng load. Siyempre sobrang lungkot,” the teacher, who requested anonymity, said. “Malaki ’yung mawawala. Actually, mas malaki ’yung hourly rate ko dito as compared to other schools. So talagang ang magiging solusyon ko diyan, kailangan ko talagang magtipid sa mga expenses ko.”

She also runs her own tutorial school, but the restrictions to hold face-to-face classes affected her income. 

“Hindi ko maibigay ’yung presyo na binibigay ko before na mataas talaga. So, talagang bargain, binabagsak ko ’yung presyo ko,” she said. 

On the other hand, a communications professor, who also requested anonymity, said she is prepared for the setback. 

She expected this to come, she said. 

“You anticipate problems before they even come to you. So, if you anticipate that there will be low enrollment, you have to look for other jobs,” the educator, who is also an actress, said. 

The major blow to the entertainment and private education sectors could be deemed as a double whammy for her, but she kept herself optimistic to find new opportunities. 

“I’m teaching at other schools. And I do a lot of subtitling and translation work right now so that it keeps me busy, it keeps me creative, and also earn me some income,” she said in confidence. 

“My son is asking me, ‘Mommy, how do you cope with the pandemic?’ I said, ‘It’s chicken feet.’ We’re only talking about 3 months? And I can still do things. I can sit down, I can host meeting, I can do PowerPoint presentations, compared to I was bedridden,” she related, referring to the time she was unable to work for 10 months when she was pregnant with her son. 

Prospero De Vera, chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), said part-time professors are largely affected by the pandemic. They are also not receiving assistance from the government. 

“’Yung mga part-timers kwan ‘yan eh, no-teach, no-pay. Walang natatanggap na ayuda ang mga ito sa panahon ng pandemya,” he told Teleradyo Wednesday. “Medyo hindi gaanong apektado sa public, ang talagang tinamaan po ng masama ’yung nasa private po.”

Meanwhile, Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan on Thursday said there are already 558,000 enrollees in private schools, but this is a small number compared to the 4.3 million enrollees last year. 

There are over 14,000 private schools nationwide, according to Malaluan. 

“We will know doon sa meeting namin next week kung ano ang feedback nitong mga private school associations doon sa monitoring nila doon sa situation ng enrollment in private schools,” he told Teleradyo. 

According to the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA), around 2 million students are expected to withdraw from private schools in the next semester, leaving some 400 schools at risk of closure. 

CHEDand DepEd have yet to verify the data.

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DepEd: number of online enrollees reached only half of expected turnout

The Department of Education has reported a turnout of more than 13 million students who enrolled using online platforms for school year 2020-2021. But Education Secretary Leonor Briones said this number is only half of what the department expected. “Umabot na sa 13,752,109 ang total na nag-enroll. Ito ay kalahati sa expected natin na mag-enroll for this year,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said on Tuesday’s episode of Laging Handa. (The total number of enrollees reached 13,752,109. This is half of the expected enrollees for this year) Briones blamed the low turnout on the absence of digital platforms for pupils in far-flung areas. She however explained that they expect the number of enrollees to increase in the last two weeks of June as they have already provided “drop boxes” in remote areas where parents can submit the enrollment forms of their children. “These will be picked up through the help of barangay offices and the LGUs,” Briones said. She added that DepEd conducted online enrollment in the first two weeks of June while the drop box method will be used in the last two weeks. The education secretary said that the opening of classes for public schools will push through on August 24 even if the country is still grappling with COVID-19. Private schools can start later on. Briones reiterated DepEd’s support for President Rodrigo Duterte's order to suspend face-to-face classes while vaccines for COVID-19 are still unavailable.

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