CITY of San Fernando Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago cited the K-12 program as the reason for the sudden increase in the number of scholars at the City College of San Fernando (CCSF).
Speaking before the local media, Santiago addressed insinuations linking the sudden increase in the city college’s enrollees to the May 2019 elections.
Santiago admitted that there has been an increase in the number of enrollees at the city college for this school year compared to the last two school years.
However, Santiago explained that the discrepancy was a result of the implementation of the K-12 program in 2016.
Under the program, students are required to undergo two more years of high school. This meant that there were no incoming first year college students in the previous two school years.
The first batch of senior high school students enrolled in college only this school year.
“Ang city college natin ay lumalakas talaga. Kaya lang nabawasan iyong mga scholars noon ay dahil sa K-12. Two years tayong walang enrollment e, kaya parang dumami lang ang mga scholars natin (Our city college is growing strong. The reduction of scholars then was because of K-12 as we had no enrollment for two years. That is why it seemed we suddenly had an increase in the number of scholars),” he explained.
“Hindi natin pwedeng icompare iyong last two years sa ngayon kasi alam naman ng lahat na may K-12 tayo. Kaya wala tayong enrollment at siyempre kumonti ang bilang ng estudyante natin, hindi naman tayo pwedeng mag-magic (We should not compare the last two years to this year because everybody knows that we had the full implementation of the K-12 program. That is why we did not have enrolment and of course, a decrease in the number of students. We cannot just do magic on the data)” he added.
Meanwhile, Santiago said the funding for the scholarships of the supposed CCSF students during school years 2016-2018 were redirected to financial assistance for grades 9 to 12 students.
“During that time na wala tayong enrollees, binigyan natin ng suporta iyong mga grades 12, 11, 10 and 9 para tuluy-tuloy ang suporta natin sa quality education ng mga batang Fernandino (During that time that we had no enrollees, we used the funds to provide support to grades 12, 11, 10 and 9 students to ensure the continuous delivery of quality education to Fernandino youth),” he said.
Moreover, Santiago noted that since the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act which covered CCSF was enacted, the funding for scholarships were still given to students in the form of allowances, uniforms and other school needs.