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QC school admin vows to assist learners, give refunds

August 19, 2022 - Friday 6:08 PM by Raheema Velasco

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Colegio de San Lorenzo (CDSL) officials vowed to assist displaced learners, and release tuition refunds, the Department of Education spokesperson Michael Poa said during a press briefing on Friday, August 19.

"They are committed that they will be assisting their learners to transfer schools. They will be doing that this week, until next week or half of next week," said Poa.

CDSL met with DepEd Regional Director on Thursday, August 18, they also confirmed that nearby schools reached out to them to absorb displaced learners and teachers.

On August 15, the supposed start of CDSL school year 2022-2023, the university released a statement to permanently close the educational institution due to "financial instability" and lack of "financial viability." 

To make their "voluntary closure" valid, DepEd is asking the school to comply with the following: supply DepEd with the number of learnings assisted to transfer to other schools and that were refunded or paid their tuition fees, continue to assist their displaced learners for the transfer to other schools, and provide soft and hard copies of all school records' of students.

"Hindi tayo magbibigay ng certification that we are acknowledging their closure until they are able to process and issue all these transfer credentials," the education spokesperson said.

(We will not give them certification acknowledging their closure until they can process and issue all these transfer credentials).

Deped didn't mention any liability the school may face if they fail to comply with the requirements.

"We are focused on the well-being of the displaced students, given some of the schools already start their classes," Poa added.

Students' vaccination

Almost 90% of schools nationwide have an in-person aspect in them. In addition, 46% of schools will implement five days face-to-face classes, 51.8% will go for blended learning, and only 1.29% will enforce full distance learning.

But on the latest data from the Department of Health, the vaccination rate of learners nationwide fell off to 19%.

To increase the vaccination rate, Poa added that DepEd would implement "counselling" for parents, learners, teaching and non-teaching staff.

“We will get the numbers first from the counselling kung sino yung gusto nang magpabakuna, yung ready na magpabakuna, tapos isasabay natin para duon sa mobile vaccination drive,” he added.

(We will get the numbers first from the counselling, then those who want to be vaccinated, and those who are ready to be vaccinated, we will accompany them to the mobile vaccination drive).

As of August 19, Deped has recorded 425 private school closures since 2020, affecting 20, 838 learning, of which 10, 000 transferred into public schools.

Poa said private schools exercise their autonomy in school management, and the government only has "reasonable supervision and regulation" over these schools.