DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) – Division of Dumaguete City is ready to implement Senior High School (SHS) this year.
City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Evangel Luminarias announced during the Kapihan sa PIA forum on SHS and Brigada Eskwela recently that a total of 15 schools will be offering SHS in Dumaguete.
Of the said number, 12 are private high schools while three are public high schools.
The three public high schools are Dumaguete City High School, Taclobo High School, and RTPM-Dumaguete City Science High School.
“On the part of the public schools, the three public high schools are ready,” Luminarias said.
Part of their preparation for the SHS implementation is the construction of six additional classrooms in these schools for Grade 11 students.
Apart from this, another set of classrooms will be constructed within the year for Grade 12 students.
This include nine classrooms each for Taclobo High School and Dumaguete Science High School and 18 classrooms for Dumaguete City High School.
She added that they have already bought the equipment needed for the different tracks offered by these schools.
The DepEd official also disclosed that the number of Grade 11 enrollees in City High School has reached 182, while Science High School has 189 Grade 11 enrollees while Taclobo High School has 82 enrollees as of this week.
Luminarias noted that Dumaguete City Science High School has a higher number of students enrolled taking academic track than in Dumaguete City Science High School.
The academic track is composed by four strands namely Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM); Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics; Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS); and General Academic (GAS).
Apart from the academic track, Dumaguete City High School offers Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) Track with concentrations on food and beverage, bread and pastry, housekeeping, front office servicing, computer hardware servicing, contact center servicing, electrical installation and maintenance, shielded metal arc welding, plumbing, masonry, and tile setting.
In Taclobo High School, aside from the complete academic track they also offer TVL track with concentrations on tailoring, dress making, wellness and massage, hairdressing, beauty and nail care.
In addition to these preparations, DepEd here is inviting the public to participate in the weeklong Brigada Eskwela where community stakeholders can help in cleaning of classrooms, repair of damaged chairs, drainage systems and checking of electrical installations in the school.
On the other hand, some 108 public high schools and 12 private high schools will also be implementing SHS this year.
DepEd-Division of Negros Oriental Coordinator Renante Juanilla announced this also during the forum.
“Public school teachers under the division are undergoing training on SHS at Silliman University right now. After their training they will be deployed to schools offering SHS,” he said.
“In terms of buildings, I would say that 60% of the (total) school buildings have been completed,” he adds.
He noted that the construction of new school buildings in some schools has not started yet but will still push through within the year.
Meanwhile, Juanillo also disclosed that department sees no problem in the enrollment of grade 11 students in hinterland areas as reported by school heads in hinterland areas in the province.
In terms of track offerings, Juanillo said the schools that can offer many tracks are the big schools while small schools can only offer one specialization.
He cited that one reason for this is the population of students like in Tamlan Valley where there are only 11 incoming Grade 11 students so they only focused on horticulture. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental./This article was originally published at PIA website on May 27, 2016)