TESDA shuts down 12 English schools


ILOILO City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) ordered the closure of 12 schools offering English language proficiency courses to Korean students.

These schools have failed to have themselves accredited with TESDA, said Provincial Director Lorena Yunque. These are:

• A+ English Academy
• Educ Language School
• Dream Language Center
• Metro Korea
• GLS in Iloilo
• Darroca Training Center
• Eliteline Learning Center
• Educommunication
• Athena English Language Center
• Paran English Learning Center
• EME International Language Center; and
• Hello World Learning Services.

According to Yunque, in October 5, 2004 TESDA entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Bureau of Immigration, Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the ESL Tour Program – a program for intensive English language training.

The MOA requires mandatory Unified TVET (Technical, Vocational, Educational and Training) Program Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS) with TESDA for ESL programs and language training centers.

The MOA seeks to regulate the increasing number of English language centers, schools, camps, or academies operating in Iloilo and the country in general./PN – Iloilo

8 Responses to “TESDA shuts down 12 English schools”

  1. Daniel Drawe Says:

    Nice story, but why don’t you do a story on the local immigration office in Iloilo City and their past record of baltant corruption in dealing with English schools there and the bribes they accepted.

  2. jhylle Says:

    well, it would be good news for filipinos. however, i think it didn’t materialize at all. as you can see, there are still korean companies that continue operating. please be strict to foreigners. our country will develop if there are a lot of investors in our country but we get nothing from them if we allow them to operate illegally in our country. you can also protect local industry if you limit the foreign companies’ right. implement higher taxes. make sure that they will feel that they are in a foreign country. they are too comfortable in our country that they become abusive. hope you do something about this.

  3. sassy Says:

    mk sucks!!!!

  4. sarah Says:

    good news then. but is not enough there are i think more than 300 korean language schools now as of 2008, and i doubt all of these are tesda accredited.

  5. gerry Says:

    can i ask the address of EME international language center? thanks!

  6. jerico Says:

    I would like to give a comment about our country getting nothing from these ESL schools and that they operate illegally. Let me just clarify that it was told that these schools just failed to have themselves accredited. It means that their curriculum did not pass TESDA’s standards. TESDA aims to promote quality education to all non-formal schools in the Philippines.

    Our country still gets something from all the foreign students of these schools via tourism. Foreigners spend their foreign money here, which in turn as up to the overall money of the Philippines. Sort of the Philippines getting a bit richer.

  7. Anton Flores Says:

    TESDA should not be the one accrediting English Language Schools in the Philippines. English is not the native toungue of the Philippines. English language schools should be allowed to operate even without TESDA accreditiation as long as they have been accredited by legal international accreditation bodies. I undertand that the purpose of accreditation is to make sure that the quality of service gicen meets a certain level of standard. Then why do we need TESDA accreditation if we were already accredited by an international accreditation body. If, for example, I have a school which is affiliated with Oxford Univerity in England, does it mean TESDA will shut down my school because I did not get my TESDA aacreditation. No pun intended, but I think being an Oxford University affiliate clearly states my school has reached international standards, way above what any teachnical, vocational or educational skills development center in the Philippines.

  8. victorina t. ras Says:

    To, Anton Flores, Oxford University is not located in the Philippines. Since you intend to operate in the Philippines, with due respect, it should be authenticated and regulated by a governing body in the Philippines. That is to avoid other operators without such good and reputable accreditation as you do. don’t you realize once part of this law by TESDA is to protect legit operators like you?

    Give some respect to our law okay?

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