DepEd: Be vigilant in choosing schools for your children

January 27, 2017

PASIG CITY, January 27, 2017 - The Department of Education (DepEd) reminds the public to be extra cautious in choosing schools they plan to enroll their children in for the next school year (2017-2018).
According to Undersecretary for Planning Service and Field Operations Jesus Mateo, parents should be vigilant in selecting the learning institution where their children will study, particularly if it is a private school.
“They should ensure that the schools of their children are accredited or recognized by DepEd.”
Public schools are run by the government and are, therefore, automatically recognized.
According to DepEd, it is important for the school, particularly a private institution, to have a permit to operate or a certificate of recognition issued by DepEd to guarantee that children are enrolled in proper learning centers. Both permit to operate and certificate of recognition are being issued by the DepEd Regional Office upon the recommendation of the schools division.
Schools applying for permit or accreditation must comply with the requirements and standards set by DepEd. A permit to operate is a pre-requisite in securing a business permit for private schools.
If the private school has a permit to operate or a certificate of recognition, its students will be registered in the Learner Information System (LIS), and issued a Learner Reference Number (LRN). The LIS is a system that registers the profile or the basic information of a student, while the LRN is being issued only by schools that have government recognition.
The LRN is a permanent 12-digit number the pupil shall keep while completing the basic education program, regardless of transfer to another school – whether public or private, including the student’s promotion to secondary level. Each student will have an LRN that will be indicated in the pupil’s permanent record, report card, examinations, certificate or diploma and other documents.
It is expected that this month, Kindergarten to Grade 10 students will start preparing for early registration in schools where they intend to study next school year.