ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Education’s (DepEd) K-to-12 program is set to take effect next year.
This term’s fourth year high school students will not go straight to college but will instead have to enroll in the 10th, 11th and 12th year levels “in preparation” for enrollment in college.
Culinary arts, liberal arts, languages, internet technology and other specialized courses to be offered to the college preparatory students were identified under these major categories: technology, vocational and livelihood.
These were discussed by Leilani Cunanan, officer-in-charge (OIC) of the DepEd’s Office of the Schools Division Supervisor in Angeles City, Pampanga during last Friday’s edition of the weekly media forum conducted by the Capampangan in Media, Inc. (CAMI), Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and Holy Angel University (HAU).
Cunanan said DepEd has allocated funds for public school students, at P20,000 each per year, are required to move to the college preparatory levels.
She stressed that the department has laid down concrete plans to ensure that majority of the students will be accommodated next year.
“Public schools in Angeles City have committed and prepared to absorb at least 7,794 of the students moving up to the higher 10th and 11th levels beginning 2016. These include Angeles City National High School, Angeles City National Trade School, Angeles City Science High School, Bonifacio Romero High School, Rafael L. Lazatin Memorial High School and Sapang Bato High School,” Cunanan said.
HAU and other private schools in Angeles City promised to admit students that could not be accommodated by the public schools and grant them scholarship benefits to make up for any shortfall in the P20,000 per student tuition fees bankrolled by the DepEd.
The K-to-12 program is designed to help the Philippines catch-up with other countries that subscribe to a 12-year basic educational system. (Gail P. Cunanan)