WITH the continued rise of tuition fees in private schools, public elementary and high schools around the province are gearing up to absorb transferees in the coming school year.
Dr. Viraluz S. Raguindin, Pangasinan II Schools Division Superintendent, said the public schools are prepared to handle the expected migration of students and overcrowding is not expected to be a major problem.
The main concern, according to Raguindin, is the proper documentation of the transferees.
She said the public schools will accept transferring students even without their report cards (Form 137) and clearances from their previous private school, but these documents must eventually be presented before the end of the school year.
“The parents (of transferees) should pay their balances and obtain the required documents before the school year ends. Failing that, the students cannot be declared officially enrolled, thus cannot be promoted to higher school levels,” she said citing three such cases in the division last year.
Most private schools around the country have sought a higher tuition fee, and Education Secretary Armin Luistro said these are more likely going to be approved as the application for an increase are intended for the salary of teachers in view of the increasing costs of living.
Dr. Cornelio Aquino of Pangasinan II Division said at least seven schools in the division have applied for an increase.
Meanwhile, Raguindin said the Department of Education is addressing problems of “congestion, insufficient number of textbooks and chairs” by putting high priority on “hot colored” schools, those assessed as lacking many facilities.
Raguindin also called on parents, teachers and school staff to join the Brigada Eskuwela to help clean and renovate school rooms in May as part of the National Schools Maintenance Week. (PIA-Pangasinan)