• Accept transferees from Yolanda-hit areas, schools told

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    EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro on Friday called on both public and private schools to accept student transferees from Yolanda-devastated areas and waive the usual documentary requirements.

    Luistro said schools should accept “emergency transferees” with sufficient or no records.

    “We have already announced that all public schools will accept those student transferees and DepEd will facilitate documentary requirements,” Luistro said.

    “This directive is necessary because we want students from affected areas who have immediately relocated to Cebu, Metro Manila, or other nearby places to be able to continue their education with minimal disruption,” he explained.

    The DepEd Order, which will be released on Monday next week, also encourages private schools to give special consideration to transferees in similar situations.

    Private schools, while retaining the right to impose qualifications, are enjoined to exercise leniency in accepting transferees from Yolanda, Luistro said.

    “We are requesting private schools to do the same and provide us with a list of those transferees via their respective associations so DepEd can help facilitate the same,” he said.

    “Normally, transferees would have to present their school records, but in this case, I have directed public schools to accept them immediately. We can sort out their records later, when operations in Eastern Visayas and other affected areas have normalized,” the DepEd chief added. NEIL A. ALCOBER

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