Cebu City ranks 2nd from last among 19 HS divisions in CV

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Friday, May 20, 2011


CEBU City ranked second from the bottom in the 2011 Regional Achievement Test for secondary schools among the 19 school divisions in Central Visayas, according to the Department of Education (DepEd) 7.

The city, which also ranked second from the last in the same test for elementary schools, got a mean percentage score (MPS) of 46.36.

Tanjay City in Negros Oriental topped the test, with an MPS of 78.76. It was followed by Toledo City and Bogo City, which got 75.45 and 69.28 respectively.

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Naga City, which topped the test for elementary schools, ranked fourth in the test for secondary schools, with an MPS of 59.29. Cebu Province followed Naga City, with an MPS of 58.28.

Lapu-Lapu and Talisay Cities, which got 50.19 and 46.99 respectively, also landed in
the bottom five.

DepEd Cebu City Assistant Superintendent Salustiano Jimenez declined to comment on the results. “We have forwarded our concerns to the (DepEd) regional director,” he told Sun.Star Cebu.

Meanwhile, a DepEd 7 official said planting trees and vegetables in schools not only provide income and food to students, but also helps improve their academic
performance.

Rosanna Godinez, DepEd 7 coordinator for home economics and livelihood education, said schools that have actively implemented the agency’s biodiversity and food security program were able to increase their students’ MPS in the Regional Achievement Test.

Teachers and students of the Caleriohan National High School in Dalaguete, Cebu have harvested baskets of vegetables, such as cabbage and beans, and crops such as corn and sweet potatoes.

The school, named as one of the best implementers of the Cebu Provincial Government’s program on the environment, was able to increase its students’ MPS from 55.12 in 2009 to 63.34 in 2010.

Together with the Cebu Provincial Government and the Soil Water Conservation Foundation, DepEd 7 has helped schools set up vegetable gardens and plant native and fruit-bearing trees.

As they implement the program, students are able to “learn by doing,” Godinez told Sun.Star Cebu.

Godinez said schools implementing the program were also able to reduce malnutrition among their students. Malnutrition, she pointed out, is among the major factors that cause poor academic performance among students.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 20, 2011.

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