The College of the Holy Spirit Manila (CHSM) earlier this week announced that they will permanently close down for good in 2022.
Last November 22, the 107-year-old institution posted on Facebook an official statement that they will no longer be operational for academic year 2021-2022. Grade 11 and third year college students will be allowed to graduate, but the school will no longer be open for levels K to 11 and first to third year students.
It read: “Be it known that the College of the Holy Spirit Manila will voluntarily cease operations at the end of AY 2021-2022. This timeline allows the School to graduate its current grade 11 and 3rd Year College students. Therefore, grade 12 and 4th Year College will be operational but Levels K to Grade 11 and 1st to 3rd Year College will not be opened for AY 2021-2022.”
Other schools run by the order, however, will not be affected by this decision.
No specific reasons were provided for its closure, but published reports have said that in a letter addressed to the CHSM community last October 28, Sr. Carmelita Victoria of the Mission Congregation of Servants of the Holy Spirit said that the school has encountered difficulty in the past 10 years in attracting new students.
Among its challenges were government policies on the K-12 system, free tuition in more state colleges and universities and the increase in wages of public school teachers as compared to their private school counterparts.
It can be recalled that the education sector was one of the hardest-hit by the Covid19 pandemic. Last September, the Department of Education reported that a total of 865 private schools ceased operations for the school year due to low enrollment and the difficulty experienced in sticking to distance learning requirements.
Additionally, over 200,000 private school students transferred to public schools.
Formerly known as the Holy Ghost College, the CHSM was founded in 1913 by the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit initially as an exclusive girls’ school. It began accepting male pupils in 2005. The school is also part of the Mendiola Consortium, a body of educational institutions along Mendiola St. in Manila which includes Centro Escolar University, La Consolacion School, San Beda University, and St. Jude Catholic School.
Notable alumni include ex-First Lady Imelda R. Marcos; UNILAB matriarch Beatrice Dee-Campos; 2006 Ramon Magsaysay awardee and Philippine Daily Inquirer founding chair; Eugenia Duran Apostol, fashion designer Josie Natori; award-winning movie and TV director Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara; and former senator and Malabon rep. Tessie Aquino-Oreta.
Photo: College of Holy Spirit Manila/Facebook