250k private students shift to public schools
DepEd data showed 250,539 learners from elementary to senior high school, including non-graded students, had enrolled in public schools – where tuition is free – as of Tuesday. The transferees are 148,852 elementary students; 69,851 junior high school students; 26,138 senior high school students, and 5,698 non-graded learners with disabilities Excluding transferees from SUCs, 233,257 are from private schools, Education Undersecretary Jesus Mateo said. Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the low enrollment in private schools was due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the income of parents. She told a virtual press briefing: “With the impact on the economy... the private sector is really affected because they charge tuition and some of them charge additional fees. “If jobs will be restored, if people will start to work again, then they will have more confidence in enrolling their children in the private schools.” Briones said some parents chose to have their children home-schooled instead of enrolling them in regular school.