Coronavirus crisis may spell permanent closure for some private schools

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Posted at Apr 28 2020 07:29 AM

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Some private schools could close permanently due to income losses during the months-long shutdown of vast swaths of the country to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, a sector leader said Tuesday.

Many schools have yet to pay the bank loans they took for facilities and internet connection that the K-12 curriculum required, said Eleazardo Kasilag, president of the Federation of Associations of Private School Administrators (FAPSA).

"Lahat kami may utang... Hindi pa bayad 'yon. Anong mangyayari ngayong 7 months na lull?" he told DZMM. "Baka iyong iba sa amin, gobyerno na ang magsara, banko na ang magsara, i-repossess na o what. Takot kami doon."

(We all have debt, that's not yet paid. What will happen during the 7-month lull? Some of us might get close by the government, the back, get re-possessed. We're afraid of that.)

Some small private schools, he said, were also unable to pay their staff.

FAPSA will ask the education department for aid, he said.

The group earlier said they would start the school year in the usual month of June despite the government's plan to move it to a later date due to the coronavirus crisis.


DZMM, April 28, 2020