Closure of Small Schools, Layoff of Teachers Feared

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers has expressed concern over the low enrollment figures in private schools, saying it could result in closure of small education institutions or massive layoff of workers.

Latest enrollment data released by the Department of Education showed that only 318,930 students have so far enrolled in private schools, representing only 7.6 percent of the 4.2 million private school students last school year.

ACT secretary general Raymond Basilio said, “If enrolment will continue at this rate, we may have less than a million learners in private schools for this school year.”

He noted that the month-long enrollment period set by DepEd has already concluded its second week.

He added, “(This) may mean thousands of school closures, especially small ones that are unable to continue operation due to the lack of sufficient funds from tuition and other miscellaneous fees. This in turn will lead to massive lay-offs of education workers.”

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