With government hands all tied up due to lack of funds, public education is at its worst. So private elementary schools are popping up like mushrooms in the country. And for a good reason: middle class people who make up a vast portion of society are looking for elementary private school alternatives. A famous proverb in Philippine business is: any business that deals with kids’ needs will stay and prosper.
First, an elementary school business will need a principal and teachers who are all licensed teachers. The principal must at least be presently having a master’s degree in education. The school business can start out as a preschool first and gradually expand its grade levels. After being a preschool for 2 to 3 years it can apply for permit to hold the first 3 elementary levels, and so on.
The school must have at least 500 to 1000 square meters of property which is not traffic hazardous. It may be in the safest street corner of a subdivision or interior road. When this is secured, the school business will need the following papers: homeowners’ consent, barangay clearance and permit, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) papers (it must be a corporation), Bureau of Internal Revenue permit (BIR), business or mayor’s permit, and a permit to operate a preschool and elementary school from the Department of Education (DEP ED).
For a secure school business, foremost features a school must have are: strong and safe structures, fire escapes, fire alarm, fire extinguishers on every floor and in every room and corner, good ventilation, well kempt rest rooms, spacious classrooms, playground and sport facilities, clinic, ample library, laboratory, computer room, administration offices, teachers’ lounge, and a clean canteen. The school may plan a future expansion horizontally or vertically. These are necessary things for a DEP ED permit.
The school business must have an organization composed of the school administrator, principal, head teacher, teachers, librarian, office staff, nurse, security, maintenance, and canteen staff. The administrator will head them with the principal. This is for the DEP ED side of the school requirements. In addition to this, the school must have a board of trustees, officers (chairman, vice chairman, secretary, and treasurer), or president and vice president. This is for the SEC side of the school requirements.
A school business needs pertinent documents and organizations to complete certain government requirements. With these paper works secured and the organizations set up, the school business will be running smoothly and effectively.