/ 26 May 2022

QUEZON City Rep. Alfred Vargas has filed a resolution urging the Department of Education to assist private schools in order to avert an education crisis.

In his House Resolution 2511, Vargas encouraged the DepEd to hold comprehensive consultations with affected stakeholders and immediately explore solutions aimed at supporting critically affected private schools to ensure sustainability and to support their teachers, educators and other staff.

The lawmaker said that the DepEd must take into account the serious concerns of private schools and explore whole-of-government and whole-of-society solutions aimed at supporting all education stakeholders.

“There is already a need to urgently and decisively intervene to ensure that this Education crisis does not unfold and snowball into what the Child Rights Network, a coalition of children’s rights advocates, warn as a learning and child development catastrophe,” Vargas said in his resolution.

Vargas asked the DepEd that it has a central role at ensuring the sustainability of private schools and the support of their teachers, educators and other staff.

He reminded that every private school closure is a tragic loss to learning and should be treated with concern by the State with the same gravity and seriousness.