DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte belittled Sunday the soon-to-be implemented senior high school as mandated under the K to 12 education system.
"That's questionable," Duterte answered when sought for his comment on senior high school.
"That should be optional," he added.
The Department of Education (DepEd)-Davao is expecting a total of 145,192 enrollees for senior high school (SHS) in both public and private schools in Davao Region for school year 2016-2017.
Senior high school is grades 11 and 12. Students are required to choose among four tracks -- academic, sports, technical vocational, music and arts.
"Pero kung mao ra na imong saligan, you delay the time," he said and singled out the technical vocational track.
He said all that K-12 does is add two years for students to suffer through when they can opt to either choose college or a technical course without the need of going through the additional two years.
"I am confident that with the four years, if they want to enroll in a vocational course, they can have it after high school. Huwag mong iburden lahat just because you want to train technical people," he said.
He also jested that Algebra subject should be taken out of the prospectus.
"Other subjects dili na mapuslan, like Algebra. Konti lang maremember ko. Physics is okay pa," he said.
DepEd-Davao chief of Curriculum and Learning Management Division and chair of K to 12 and Senior High School speaker's bureau Dr. Luzminda Onor said that currently, there are 288 schools in Davao Region that are ready to offer SHS.
Of the figure, seven schools, three of which are based in Davao City, are stand-alone schools. This means that each will have a separate principal.
In Davao City, 68 of 73 schools will offer SHS. The stand-alone schools in the city are the Sta. Ana National High School, Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, and Davao City National High School.
DepEd also identified a total of 38 private schools that will start implementing SHS, starting this school year 2015-2016.
DepEd Regional Director Alberto Escobarte said these schools have been identified to serve as "model schools," which were granted provisional permit for SHS for school year 2015-2016. (ANC/With KGL)