P307M for schools

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


THE Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu City Division needs some P307 million to implement the new senior high school levels in 2016.

Its officials asked the Cebu City Government for help as they prepare to welcome the first batch of senior high school students less than two years from now.

“We are prepared and we are also confident that you (City) will not leave us,” DepEd Cebu City Education Program Supervisor Faviolito Alberca told the City Council yesterday.

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Alberca and representatives from the local school board appeared in an executive session of the council to brief them on what their agency has been doing in line with the K-12 program, which extended the basic education curriculum.

“The K-12 program will revitalize our curriculum and will produce globally competitive graduates,” Alberca said.
What’s needed?

But before the senior high school starts, DepEd has to construct a total of 241 classrooms, hire 395 teachers and provide 9,472 additional chairs for the students, in Cebu City alone.

It will also require the construction of several laboratories.

Right now, two of the schools have completed the additional classroom requirements, Alberca said while other schools, such as the Regino Mercado Memorial National High School, Dr. Emilio Osmeña Memorial National High School and Talamban National High School, have ongoing construction work.

DepEd has also started building additional classrooms in Barangays Quiot, Tisa, Budlaan and Mabini.

Under the senior high school curriculum, “specialized subjects” will be offered to teach not only academics, but also technical-vocational and livelihood skills, sports, arts and design.

The academic track will offer general academic; science and technology and mathematics (STEM); accounting and business management; and humanities and social sciences subjects. The technical-vocational and livelihood tracks will offer subjects such as home economics, agriculture, fisheries and industrial arts.

Core courses

Before the 2016 implementation, DepEd has coordinated with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and is aligning the “core and contextualized subjects” in senior high school, to make sure that graduates will be ready for college.

DepEd has also worked with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to integrate technical, vocational and livelihood education, so that graduates of senior high school will be Tesda-eligible and ready to work.

Alberca said that the DepEd national office has set aside funds for the construction of additional classrooms and laboratories, purchase of chairs and hiring of new teachers.

DepEd will be working with private schools, universities and colleges on the possibility of sharing their facilities, equipment and teachers.

At present, 13 private schools are already allowed to offer senior high school, while close to 20 others have signified to offer the program by 2016, Alberca said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 04, 2014.

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