PARTIAL enrollment data from the Department of Education (DepEd) showed the number of private school enrollments nationwide was lower, registering only 118,000, compared to 2 million students enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year (SY), in the first year of the pandemic.
“Nowadays [August 23], there are only 118,000 enrolled in private basic education schools, out of 2 million students last school year SY 2020-2021, based on partial data from DepEd ”, Chairman of the Board of coordination of private educational associations of the Philippines (Cocopea) Dr. Anthony Tamayo said Monday in a statement.
Before the SY 2019-2020 pandemic, the number of enrollments in private basic education schools was 4.3 million students.
“These latest enrollment data underscore how the pandemic has affected the viability of private educational institutions and the urgency of government policy intervention,” Tamayo said.
He added: “With the few days left in the legislative calendar and the number of urgent measures planned in Congress, we are running against time to have the law enacted at this 18th Congress.”
He stressed that this legislative policy intervention, once enacted, “will provide” the necessary stability for education not only in this time of pandemic, but also for generations to come, as it aligns with all existing initiatives and future to revive our struggling economy. .
“We further hope that the Senate will act swiftly on the measure as stated by Senator Pia Cayetano, chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, as it now moves the legislative process from the Lower House to the Senate,” said the manager of Cocopea. noted.
Despite the threat of Covid-19 and its variants, especially Delta, Tamayo stressed that private schools are committed to continuing online learning to keep students and teachers safe.
Tamayo said online learning has been their primary method of teaching during the pandemic as they adjust to “better normalcy.”
“Cocopea member schools are committed to continuing online learning for this school year. The presidents of the associations that make up Cocopea agree that the safety of our students and stakeholders in this period of pandemic is our primary concern. “
Currently, Cocopea member schools are dedicating their resources to online learning, including teacher training and upgrading their IT infrastructure.
“Online learning allows us to keep our students and teachers safe while fulfilling our mission of providing quality education,” he said.
“We are also committed to following workplace health and safety protocols, as outlined by relevant government agencies such as the IATF. [Inter-Agency Task Force]Ministry of Labor and Employment, Ministry of Health and Higher Education Commission. We have strictly applied these protocols since the start of the pandemic. We continue to be cautious and vigilant, especially now with the spread of the Delta variant, ”he said.
Founded in 1961, Cocopea is the umbrella organization of the country’s private schools and takes the lead in the development of public policies for the sector.
Some 2,500 private schools across the country are part of this umbrella organization. The other associations that make up Cocopea are: Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU); Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP); Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAPSCU); Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities (ACSCU); and the Association of Tech-Voc Schools of the Philippines (TVSA).