DepEd issues guidelines on schools' operation
By Rose B. Palacio
Davao City (2 October) -- Department of Education (DepEd) XI Director Susana Estigoy said the department has issued guidelines for owners who wish to operate private schools.
As specified under the Manual of Regulations for Private Schools, Section 26, paragraph 2, it stated that "it is unlawful for any institution to offer programs or courses of study without prior permit issued by DepED."
With this regulation, owners of private schools should first get a permit from the regional office before operating, Director Estigoy said.
As stated under DECS Service Manual 2000, Section 3 paragraph 3.7, "existing schools that have no development plans or have not taken any positive steps or actions towards development and growth, or have not maintained satisfactory standards in their operation of duly authorized courses shall not be allowed to open new courses."
Private schools must be ready with all the requirements. Requirements include: feasibility study, Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or SEC, copy of Transfer Certificate of Title of the school site, campus development and landscaping plans, copy of the latest Financial Statement certified by an independent Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for existing schools.
Other requirements include: proposed curriculum, class programs, list of facilities, equipment and supplies, lists of teaching and non-teaching staff and their complete papers to ensure quality education for the students, Director Estigoy said. (PIA) [top]