( PRESS RELEASE)
The Department of Education has directed its officials and personnel not to enroll in higher education institutions (HEIs) offering masteral and doctoral degree programs which are not recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
The directive was contained in DepEd Order No. 78 s. 2011 which orders that DepEd officials and personnel must refrain from enrolling in non-accredited colleges and universities offering higher education programs which are similarly not authorized.
“If we want to institute lasting reforms in our education system, we must fully cooperate with CHED by not patronizing HEIs which do not meet the standards set by the Commission,” said Education Secretary Armin Luistro.
Moreover, Luistro has instructed DepEd officials and personnel not to allow illegally operated HEIs to use any public school facilities as venues for holding unauthorized classes and other activities.
Teaching and non-teaching personnel are encouraged by DepEd to pursue higher education as a requirement for their promotion and upward mobility.
“Yes, we want an improving career path for our DepEd personnel but they must earn the requisite credentials the right way and in duly-accredited HEIs,” Luistro emphasized.