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DepEd strengthens monitoring of private schools in new policy
by Ofelia C. Empian

The Department of Education-Cordillera is finalizing the formulation of a new policy on monitoring of private educational institutions in the region.

DepEd-CAR Education Program Supervisor of the Quality Assurance Division Clemente Bandao said the policy includes forming the regional participatory monitoring and evaluation team composed of schools heads, local government units from the barangay, municipality, province and region parents association, and association of private schools administrators and the DepEd.

Bandao, also the project proponent, said the monitoring group is aimed at preventing operation of fly-by-night schools, enhance the performance of private schools, improve quality of private schools, and monitor the compliance of private schools to laws and regulations.

He said the proposed policy focuses on private schools since it is only the quality assurance division of DepEd that monitors these schools. 

“For public schools, it is already embedded in the system of DepEd that we monitor them but private schools are especially given (only) to quality assurance in charge of monitoring,” Bandao said.

DepEd-CAR Director May Eclar said once the policy is finalized, it would soon be implemented region wide.

“There is a need to cascade the information on the standards of private schools and its compliance to DepEd policies, ” said Eclar during the recent consultation on the proposed regional policy on participatory monitoring and evaluation system for basic education in private schools. 

The consultation was attended by representatives from private schools and local government units.

To test the new policy, Bandao said they would pilot it to some private schools in Baguio City and Benguet.

“There might be some issues and concerns that will be seen in the real situation that can still be integrated in the enhancement of the proposed policy,” he said.

Atty. Vanessa Flora, DepEd-CAR legal officer, said there are no schools filed with criminal cases yet due to non-compliance. Mostly were only given stern warning.

“In Baguio and Benguet, the challenge is still the mushrooming of private schools (without permits),” she said.

She added the penalty of schools operating without permit is P2,000 under Batas Pambansa 232 where DepEd will be the one to give the notice of closure.

There are 341 private schools region wide; bulk of these are situated in Baguio City and La Trinidad.


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