THE Federation of Associations of Private Schools and Administrators (Fapsa) on Saturday appealed to the Department of the Education (DepEd) to create a separate bureau for private schools.
“DepEd is focused heavily on the public schools and Fapsa understands that but since their hands are full, only limited time is given to private schools. It is high time that the bureau of private school should be created”, Eleazardo Kasilag, Fapsa president, told The Manila Times.
“Presently, what DepEd gives us is only one supervisor in charge of all the private schools in the division. Just in NCR [National Capital Region], there are 16 schools divisions, therefore, there are only 16 supervisors manning close to 2, 000 private schools in Metro Manila,” he added.
Though he understands that problems in the public schools are herculean enough for the DepEd, Kasilag however said that the education department might also address and resolve problems in the private education.
One of the problems, he said, is lack of school supervisors in the private schools.
“While for the public schools, there are a minimum of 8 schools division supervisors apart from district supervisors—depending on how many districts the city is divided—plus coordinators and all the staffers in one big division office. Multiply that by 16 and you have an accurate number of competent people supervising 764 public schools only in NCR,” Kasilag said.
“And usually, the only supervisor for private schools is also tasked to attend to other assignments like scouting, nutrition, one academic subject and lastly, the private schools. And for that, DepEd hardly knows the problem of Fapsa member-schools,” the Fapsa head added.
Kasilag also noted that Fapsa-member schools enjoy a little autonomy.
“We appreciate that but since DepEd issues memos affecting operation and when queried, some supervisors hardly could explain,” he said.
“And private schools have grown leaps and bounds, (because they allow it or cannot control it anymore). Problems mount and there are member schools already in conflict with another private school in one school division but this is not known by secretary Armin Luistro. After all, they regulate our funding, standardize our curriculum, categorize lot and floor areas and have a say in everything in the school. They even dictate where to put our tuition fees,” the Fapsa head added.