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440 private schools closing down this year

/ 04:31 AM August 26, 2020

At least 440 private schools nationwide will face closure as the new coronavirus disease continues to affect the country, according to recent data from the Department of Education (DepEd).

The DepEd said that as of Aug. 24, the following will cease to operate this school year:

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  • 88 of the 1,731 in Central Luzon
  • 67 of the 3,032 schools in Calabarzon
  • 54 of 2,391 schools in Metro Manila
  • 48 of 1,138 in Western Visayas
  • 34 of of 499 in Central Visayas
  • 23 of 600 in Zamboanga Peninsula
  • 21 of 584 in Ilocos Region
  • 20 of 427 in Cagayan Valley
  • 19 of 989 in Central Visayas
  • 18 of 322 in Mimaropa
  • 17 of 325 in Ilocos
  • 11 of 655 in Northern Mindanao
  • 10 of 277 in the Cordillera Administrative Region
  • 6 of 300 in the Caraga Region
  • 2 0f 637 in Bicol
  • 2 of 300 in Eastern Visayas

There were 14,435 private schools that operated nationwide last school year.

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has yet to submit its report on the schools that will not operate this school year.

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Education Undersecretary Jesus Mateo attributes the nonopening of schools to the low enrollment rate and the high cost of operations.

Earlier, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Private Schools had filed a petition in House of Representatives assailing the latter’s “insignificant” and “beyond inadequate” projected allocation for education under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

The group called for a “dignified” financial aid for teachers and personnel heavily affected by the pandemic due to the “no work no pay scheme.”

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