SAN JUAN – The Secretary of State, Raúl Márquez Hernández, announced on Monday an additional period to complete the Registry of Basic Education Institutions, thus allowing those institutions that could not submit their application in time for the 2020-2021 school year to complete it and be authorized to operate during this school year.
“Given the challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it, it is imperative to implement measures to protect the health and life of each Puerto Rican. Educational institutions have not been exempt from this new reality, since at present, the offering of strictly virtual courses is only authorized in private schools and public schools. Aware of this, we have granted an extension in order to offer citizens a fair period so that they can comply with the regulatory provisions as provided by Law 212 and its amendments, ”said Márquez Hernández in a written communication.
He explained that this period will be 30 days, so that, once this time has elapsed, the institutions may be exposed to fines for operating without the proper authorization.
The deadline to submit said request will be December 15, so that the State Department can publish on its website the Registry of Basic Education Institutions to which a certificate of compliance was issued. Likewise, the information of the Churches-School will be recorded in this registry with the annotation that they operate under Law 33-2017.
It was also reported that the Department of State will evaluate the certification presented by each institution, and may require documentary evidence to safeguard what is stated in each report and, if necessary, in the case of institutions that are not accredited or new institutions, it may carry out a verification visit before issuing a certificate of compliance.
Likewise, it was made known that the degrees granted without the Basic Education Institution having complied with the requirements of the Law, will not be considered valid.
“Education is a priority issue for our administration and we have confirmed this, so it is important to highlight that the provisions of this Administrative Order, as well as those issued in the future related to this issue, will be interpreted in accordance with the public policy of respect and protection of diversity and the autonomy of educational institutions, provided in Law 212. ”, concluded the Secretary of State.
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