According to the Coordinating Council for Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA), about 2 million students in the K-12 program are expected to transfer from private to public schools due to the financial crisis brought by COVID-19 pandemic.
In previous school years, around 4 million out of 27 million students in the country are enrolled in private schools. COCOPEA managing director Atty. Joseph Estrada said that in a survey they conducted, enrollment in private schools may decrease to 25% up to 50% due to financial instability brought by a health crisis.
The Department of Education (DepEd) said in their end that they are preparing for such student transfers.
“Magko-conduct kami ng enrollment validation to estimate how many of our school kids would go to our schools so that we may anticipate the requirement that is needed. We are anticipating nga dahil sa challenges na ito, ang mga bata will either migrate from private schools or totally drop out,” Education Undersecretary Jesus Mateo said.
DepEd has announced its opening of classes on August 24 but it does not mean face-to-face learning.