Monday, May 11, 2015

DepEd set to offer SHS in over 5,800 public schools in 2016; at least 11 cited in Albay
By Judy Ann Peralta (OJT)

LEGAZPI CITY, May 11 (PNA) -– The Department of Education has singled out two municipalities In Albay as among the schools all over the country that will be having senior high schools (SHS).

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro, in a statement issued through the DepEd Bicol regional office here, identified the two towns as Tiwi and Albay.

Tiwi has three DepEd schools that will offer SHS while Daraga has eight.

Five private schools will possibly offer SHS in the province, Luistro said.

This 2015, the DepEd is getting ready for the implementation of SHS in SY 2016-2017.

After five years of planning and consultation with education stakeholders, the DepEd has identified and mapped out more than 5,800 public schools set to offer SHS in 2016 nationwide as part of its continued preparations for the full implementation of the K to 12 program.

“We are on the fifth year of the implementation of the K to 12 program. Our last mile is the Senior High School. All 220 divisions of the Department of Education have finished planning and have figures on enrolment a year in advance,” Luistro said.

These plans were reviewed by a separate team and finalized upon consultation with other stakeholders, he said.

Luistro said one of the key objectives during the SHS planning at the local levels is each and every one who completes Junior High School (Grade 10) must have access to SeniorHigh School.

“No municipality, though how small it is, will be left without a senior high school,” Luistro stressed.

The education chief said the SHS implementation has been mapped all the way to the program offerings until the maximum number of students that can be accommodated─not only in the DepEd schools but also in the private schools, higher education institutions, and state and universities.

There are 1,456 private schools with permits to operate SHS and over a thousand more applications are being processed. (PNA) FPV/FGS/JAP/CBD/RCG