Catholic schools to continue "No permit, no exam" policy

June 10, 2012 1:48 pm 

MANILA, June 10 — Catholic schools will comply with the government's K to 12 program but insisted they will continue implementing the "No Permit, No Exam" policy.

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) said 1,345 Catholic schools nationwide will continue to implement the policy.

CEAP executive director Rhodora Angela Ferrer said their organization has been opposing the Anti-No Permit, No Exam bill pending in Congress, saying that Catholic schools merely relying on tuition to sustain their operation will find it difficult to operate if students are not obliged to settle their accounts.

“The existing policy in the Manual of Regulations, which does not allow schools to prevent students who have accounts from taking their final examinations, is fair enough to the student and the school,” Ferrer said.

Ferrer urged the government to refrain from “over regulating” private schools especially in the area of fiscal management since Catholic schools are non-stock and non-profit educational establishments.

“Parents are assured that all fees paid are used for school operations. And with the strong sense of mission of Catholic schools, parents get their money’s worth in terms of quality education for their children,” she said.

Ferrer said the implementation of K to 12 program for private schools will be implemented on a staggered basis, as approved by the Department of Education, to allow private schools to design and manage their transition from the old to new systems.

“For this school year, only grades 1 and 7, which is technically year one in high school, will have a new curriculum. The rest of the grade levels in basic education will implement the old curriculum," Ferrer said.

“The additional two years in senior high school will start in 2016, that is, grade 11 shall start in 2016,” she added.

The flexibility that the government accorded to private schools in implementing K to 12 program is expected to cushion the “pains” of transition.

“Of course, the transition to K to 12 will not be exactly painless. But CEAP has already articulated its support for this reform initiative in several fora. At this time, we should come together to make this education reform happen,” she said. (PNA)

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