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ASSALAMUALAYKUM!

Section 1. Common Standards for Public and Private Schools Section 2. Establishment of Public Schools (D.O. No. 5, s. 1989) Section 3. Establishment of Private Schools
Section 4. Grant / Withdrawal / Revocation or Restoration of Revoked / Withdrawn Recognition of Private Elementary / Secondary Schools

Section 5. Establishing Branch School or Extension Classes within the same Region as the Main Campus of the Private Elementary/Secondary School Section 6. Guidelines for the Operation of Night Classes (D.O. No. 88, s. 1997) Section 7. Closure of Schools CHAPTER 3. FOREIGN SCHOOLS Section 1. Establishment of a Foreign School in the Philippines Section 2. Establishment of Philippine Schools Abroad (D.O. No. 30, s. 1998)

1. There shall be one common set of minimum standards for all public and private schools specifically with regard to opening of schools and offering of courses.

2.1 The establishment of new schools shall be subject to the following guidelines:
2.1.1 No new public school shall be established except by law or pursuant to law.

2.1.2 The establishment of new public schools, ...

2.1.3 New public schools may also be established in municipalities and cities upon the approval of the Secretary provided the following requirements are met:

a) An expressed, real and urgent need in the area to be served by school proposed;

b) Sangguniang Resolution requesting the establishment of a new school; c) A project feasibility study ...

Information on the number of neighboring elementary schools ...


Identification of nearby public and private schools and their respective enrolments;

Data

... Existence and availability of a school site of at least one (1) hectare ... Statement that no public or private school is located within a two (2) kilometre radius ...

d) Deed of Acquisition of Site; e) Certification of availability of funds for its operation;

f) Certification of availability of classrooms and other facilities;

g) Certification of availability of equipment necessary for the type of school;

h) Approve budget proposal ...

i) Certification of availability of equipment necessary for the type of school;

j) Approved plantilla of personnel

2.2 Secondary schools may organize extension classes in nearby elementary schools ... provided that:

2.2 .1 No private school in the area is


participating in the Educational Service Contracting (ESC) scheme ...

2.2 .2 Adequate teachers, classrooms and other


instructional facilities...

2.2 .3 The extension class shall be under the


supervision or control of the nearest existing public school

2.3 Opening of annexes may be allowed in nearby barangays provided that ... a) A feasibility study should be conducted by

the school head of the mother school ...

Petition majority from the parents of school site of one (1) hectare ...

Title

Certification of availability of funds ... Certification that the proposed annex is not within the 2-km radius...

Certification of availability of funds, textbooks, ...

Certification A

of continued support from..

copy of the budget of the mother school and the proposed budget of the annex

2.4 Recognition by Statute ... 2.5 Integration of Schools ... 2.6 Separation of Schools (D.O. No. 5, s. 1989)... 2.6.1 The existing elementary/high school is not located within the campus of the institution;

2.6.2 The institution does not offer teacher education courses or degrees;

2.6.3 The school facilities and finances may be segregated or reallocated; 2.6.4 In case of such separation, the following shall be observed in the allocation of school funds, ...
a) If the elementary/high school is situated on a different campus from the parent institution, ...

b) If the school is situated on the same campus,...

2.6.5 The elementary/high school in state universities and/or DECS supervised colleges may be integrated as laboratory schools provided,... 2.7 Conversion of Schools. (D.O. No. 5, s. 1989),... 2.7.1 Conversion of elementary/secondary schools shall require the following: a) A project feasibility study ... b) A certification ...

c) A certification ...

2.7.2 Administrative Procedure 2.7.3 The delineation of responsibilities of various officials concerned are as follows:

a) Request for action ...


b) The Regional Office shall review the documents... 2.7.4 As regards newly-legislated schools, the regional offices are expected to ...

3.1 The establishment of a private school, including the branch school or extension class shall be ...
3.2 All private educational institutions shall be

established ...

3.3 In accordance with the Corporation Code, the


Securities and Exchange Commission shall ...

3.4 Educational institutions can undertake

educational operations only when so authorized by the Department.

3.5 Request for the opening of new schools or for

the operation of a new grade or year level ... a) Purpose and objectives of proposed school or course; b) Availability and adequacy of school site and building ... c) Itemized cost of the project covering the entire course in terms of site ... d) Financial capacity of applicant ... e) Proposed faculty line-up and administrative and supervisory staff ...

f) Need or demand for establishment of the school or operation of the course in the locality. g) Proposed faculty line-up and administrative and supervisory staff ... There must be an evidence factors:
Distance of the applicant school to the existing

school;

Enrolment in the existing school;


Number of students in the same locality enrolled ...

Number of prospective students of applicant-school

Facilities, standards, and supportive provisions ...

3.6 Failure to submit the desired feasibility study to

support the request for operation shall be grounds for the outright disapproval of the same

3.7 Existing schools that have no development

plans ...
3.8 The Regional Office should evaluate requests

for the opening and operation of courses...


3.9 The permit to open and operate schools on the

1st and 2nd levels of instruction in the region...


3.10 Private schools granted permission to open courses

on the 1st and 2nd levels of instruction should file their application for permit to operate...

3.11 A thorough inspection of the school shall be

conducted by a supervisor...
3.12 A thorough inspection of the school shall be

conducted by a supervisor... He/she shall submit a detailed and comprehensive report stating his findings. The report shall cover adequately the following information: a) Date of visit b) Course under Permit or Recognition and number of sections in each course

c) Course applied for

d) Site description e) Building description f) Quarters and equipment g) Health facilities h) Administration and supervision i) Faculty

j) Financial position
k) Admission credentials

l) How the school apportioned increases in tuition and other fees

m) Quality of instruction; observation; deficiencies noted n) Retirement plan o) Observation on implementation of deficiencies noted p) Application and inspection fees

q) Evaluation
r) Recommendations 3.11.1 Private schools should own sites adequate for their own buildings, ...

3.11.2 Ideally, the areas of school sites shall be as follows ...

a) One half (.5) hectare < 50 b) One (1) hectare : 50 1,000

c) Two (2) hectares : 1,000 2,000


d) Three (3) hectares : 2,000 3,000 e) The same ratio should be maintained for enrolment in excess of 3,000 3.11.3 Prior to issuance of permit, the school shall comply with the following: a) Situated far from all fire hazards ...

b) Planned and so constructed that in case of fire...

c) Provided with fire escapes... d) Provided with satisfactory toilet facilities... e) Adequately and properly lighted and ventilated; f) Contains sufficient space, furniture...

g) Not used in any manner for private residence...


h) Accessible and suitable administrative office, faculty rooms and library; i) Adequate space for student/personnel services;

j) Sufficient space for Home Economics and other vocational courses;

k) Doors of the classrooms and laboratory rooms lead or open outwards towards the corridors;
l) In case of a two (2) or more story building, at least two (2) stairs with a minimum width of two meters shall be provided subject, however, to other government regulations. Ramps shall be provided for students with special needs (BP 344 Accessibility Law).

3.11.4 The Regional Director shall sign the permit for the Secretary of Education, Culture and Sports ...

3.11.5 No permit shall be issued to a private school unless it has submitted a school bond, ...
3.11.6 The Government Permit issued to a school is valid only for a specific educational program, ... 3.11.7 The Regional Director shall furnish the Secretary of Education, Culture and Sports, before the opening of classes, ...

4.1 Grant of Recognition


4.1.1 No instruction established as a school shall operate without prior government authorization ...

4.1.2 The grant of Recognition for schools shall be based on its satisfactory operation during the school year,...

4.1.3 The grant of Recognition for schools shall be based on its satisfactory operation during the school year,... Prescribed requirements are:

a) On or before February 1st, preceding the opening of the school year,...

b) There is no prescribed application form for recognition,...


c) A permit to operate which has been previously issued,... d) The certificate of recognition of courses on the first and second level of instruction is desired...

4.2 The Certificate of Recognition may be revoked after due process, ... a) Fraud or deceit committed by the school...

b) Unauthorized operation of a new school or branch...


Within 60 days = school may file a request for reconsideration

4.3 When a course recognition is withdrawn on account of deficiencies, a corresponding permit for the course for one (1) school year or term may be issued: Provided, ...

4.4 Government recognition of a course or part thereof not operated for more than one (1) school year is deemed automatically cancelled.

4.5 A course under government recognition not operated for more than one (1) school year may be reopened but under permit status provided..

4.6 A government recognition not operated for more than one (1) school year shall be maintained.

4.7 The government recognition of a school which is transferred to another location is deemed cancelled: Provided,... 4.8 As a rule, a school which changed ownership is considered a new school and the course recognition issued to the former owner shall be deemed cancelled ... 4.9 A revoked government recognition for a private school may be restored when the basis for such revocation no longer exists, ...

5.1 A school branch or extension class shall be considered as a separate school...

5.2 In the evaluation of the opening of a branch or extension, the main school should have excess resources/expertise ...

Conditions: 6.1 Night school classes should be operated only in schools that operate recognized/authorized day classes; 6.2 They should be operated only in schools with adequate lighting facilities in the classrooms and the school premises

6.3 The school should be accessible to transportation


6.4 Only qualified students should be allowed to enrol. They should have:

certificate of graduation from elementary school, or certificate of Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) results

6.5 Students in night secondary schools should be self-employed or employed by other people ... 6.6 The (THE) requirements may be fulfilled in the students places of work ... 6.7 All curriculum requirements governing the day classes should apply to the night classes ...

6.8 Night high school classes must be adequately and sufficiently administered and supervised by a qualified high school principal... 6.9 The school should have a librarian ... 6.10 Prompt and regular attendance of students must be enforced... 6.11 Teaching load of teachers should not be more than 12 hours a week... 6.12 Enrolment should not be less than 20 and not more than 40 students in a class.

6.13 The budget should be properly itemized...

6.14 For private secondary schools, tuition fees must be collected... 6.15 Night classes should begin not earlier than 4:30 in the afternoon and end not later than 9:30 in the evening.
6.15.1 Secondary schools operating night classes should submit their five-year night class program...

6.15.2 Secondary schools already operating night classes prior to SY 1998-1999 have to go on with their present curriculum until all old students have graduated...

7.1 The closure of any program or course offered by a school may be either: a) Voluntary, ...

b) Involuntary, ... 7.2 Withdrawal/Revocation of Recognition


a) be for valid cause pursuant to existing law; b) observe due process ...

b) be due to failure of the school concerned to correct the deficiencies...

7.3 A private school which has not been granted government recognition after more than five (5) renewal permits may be subject for closure. 7.4 The Regional Director, after a thorough investigation and recommendation of the Schools Division Superintendent, may declare a public school temporarily closed when:

a) No students are enrolled therein.

b) The school buildings are destroyed...

c) The entire school building and site

houses stayed by refugees from calamities


d) There is no peace and order in the community.

1.1 The establishment and operation of a foreign school shall be governed by applicable laws of the Philippines ...

1.2 Application for foreign schools shall be filed with Office of the Secretary of Education ...

2.1 Philippine schools established abroad shall undergo the processes as specified below...
2.1.1 It is reiterated that DECS accreditation shall only given to Philippine schools abroad when...

2.1.2 Schools which have been previously given a Permit to Operate by DECS would still need to obtain the authorization from the host govt.
2.1.3 With the revocation of the DECS permit, educational credits/diplomas/certificates from these schools shall not be recognized in any school in the Philippine schools abroad.

2.2 On Tutorial Programs


2.1.1 Only educational credits acquired from Philippines schools abroad will be duly accredited by DECS... 2.1.2 Tutorial classes are not recognized by DECS and cannot be used to substitute for subjects taken in the formal education program. 2.1.3 Schools either in the Philippines or abroad, which are found violating this policy, shall be dealt with accordingly.