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SDO San Juan City Holds 1st Learning Engagement and Management Meeting with the Private Schools

Dr. Ibañez, OIC-SDS of SDO San Juan City welcomes the participants of the first-ever Learning Engagement and Management Meeting with the Private School owners/ The SDO Officials together with the Private School owners/ administrators. administrators gesture the “San Juan is number One” sign.

The Schools Division Office (SDO) San Juan City wrapped up the 1ST Learning Engagement and Management Meeting with all the private school owners, administrators, principals and other officials recently with a promising collaboration mutually anchored on the adherence to the Department of Education Orders, policies and guidelines that govern/regulate private school operations.

Hosting the occasion last February 01, 2019 at the Conference Hall of the SDO building, the OIC-SDS, Dr. Alejandro G. Ibañez, has mustered a team of highly competent SDO personnel to discuss significant matters pertaining to private school operations that include application of permit to operate or government recognition, tuition fee increases, Enhanced Basic Education Information System (EBEIS), legal and administrative concerns, CPD-accredited programs, Research, curriculum implementation and among others. Dr. Ibañez, in his welcome remarks, said “we recognize the indispensable role of the private schools here in San Juan City in promoting excellence in education and the total development of our learners. That is why, we initiated this learning and management meeting to foster deeper relationships and collaborative efforts with an end in view of realizing the goals of the division”.

On the same occasion, two SDO Education Program Specialists (EPS) were formally introduced as division focal persons for the private schools – Mr. Christopher E. Cabradilla for matters on governance and operations and Mrs. Marivic D. Abcede on curriculum concerns.

When asked about the takeaways of the meeting on the part of the private schools, Dr. Ingrid Yap, President of San Juan Association of Private School administrators, has this to say – “We are so grateful that the SDO has given us the opportunity to raise some of our concerns. This is a manifestation of inclusivity despite the diversity existing in the governance of our respective schools set up. We wish to have more of this meaningful undertaking in the future”.

The governance of private schools in the division entails a two-fold task: firstly, the regulation of their permits as well as their programs thereby eradicating fly-by-night schools within the city; and secondly, the aspect of helping the local government on the provision of taxation for legitimate school owners/operators in the city.

Article written by:

Jay F. Macasieb (ASP II / Research Coordinator)

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