THE issue of tuition fee payment scheme is a major factor that will determine the number of enrollees in private secondary, elementary and kindergarten schools not only in Metropolitan Manila but elsewhere.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto has called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to come up with a flexible payment scheme that will help parents who lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Note that hundreds of thousands of local workers have been jobless since mid-March due to the closure of business firms, including shopping malls, and the absence of public transport in the Luzon area.
When President Duterte placed Luzon under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the people, except for a few individuals, were forced to stay at home to prevent the further spread of the corona virus.
Hardest hit were the ordinary daily wage earners, particularly the so-called “no work, no pay” employees.
Sotto said that schools should allow the staggered payment of tuition fees to give parents more time and opportunity to earn money considering the strict enforcement of quarantine rules and regulations.
“Makakatulong ng husto kung pahabain ang panahon ng pagbabayad…upang magkaroon ng sapat na panahon ang mga magulang para makapaghanap ng ipambabayad sa pag-aaral ng mga anak,” said Sotto.
Although some private business firms have reopened because of the easing of quarantine restrictions, workers still find it hard to report for work because of the shortage of public utility vehicles.
Owners of other private business establishment have reduced their workforce to ensure the observance of “social distancing” in the workplace as ordered by concerned government authorities.
Thus, private school owners and administrators ought to heed the call of Senate President Sotto if we are to help our parents in sending their children to school while there’s this COVID-19 pandemic.
Kailangang tulungan natin ang mga magulang para sila’y makapagbayad ng matrikula ng kanilang mga anak.