Senior HS for non-Deped institutions

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By Lorenzo E. Mendoza

The Scribe's Corner

Sunday, January 26, 2014

DIRECTOR’S Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepED 11 Regional Director Gloria D. Benigno, CESO IV to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education) "I am your team leader, you are my team mates, together, let us work as a team”

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On School Year 2016-2017, DepEd will be opening the first ever batch of Grade 11 students. This level belongs to the two year Senior High School Program which is the last level of the basic education under the K to 12 Enhanced Basic Education Program (EBEP).


Here is the official press release issued by DepED Central Office for the information of Private high schools and other non-Department of Education (DepEd) schools that wish to offer senior high school (SHS):

Private high schools and other non-Department of Education (DepEd) schools that wish to offer senior high school (SHS) under the K to 12 Basic Education Program may refer to the guidelines sent out recently by DepEd.

The guidelines are for the national implementation of the senior high school program in non-DepEd schools starting school year 2016-2017 and onwards under Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013. SHS (grades 11 and 12) allows students to choose among four tracks – Academic, Technical-Vocational-Livelihood, Sports, and Arts & Design – which are designed to help learners prepare for higher education, employment, or entrepreneurship.

Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said the release of the guidelines is pursuant to Section 30 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 10533.“We are sending out these guidelines to help interested private institutions that wish to be a part of this innovative thrust to upgrade Philippine basic education,” he added.

DepEd Memo No. 4 series of 2014 has identified 3 categories for institutions which may wish to offer senior high school.

Category A pertains to private schools recognized by DepEd to offer secondary education (Year I- IV) and private schools that have been granted at least Level II accreditation by any accrediting agencies of the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP).

Category B refers to non-DepEd schools that have been issued permits by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to offer any training courses or by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) to offer any higher education program. This category also includes schools that have been granted at least Level II accreditation by any accrediting agencies of the FAAP. Also under this category are other non-DepEd schools which have been granted at least Bronze accreditation status by the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission.

Category C includes other individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Application to offer SHS will only be accepted by email at addressed to the DepEd Secretary. A copy of the application [EIU1] should also be sent to the office of the concerned DepEd regional director on or before April 15, 2014.

In DepEd Regional Office 11, the applicants shall submit their papers to the Office of the Quality Assurance Division (QAD) presently headed by Dr. Reynante A. Solitario as OIC Chief.

More information can be obtained from the K to 12 Secretariat at telephone numbers 631-5057 and 638-3703 or email at

Everybody who is concern about the future of every child shall now start to reflect on what role they are going to play in the full implementation of the K to 12 EBEP.

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You can access DepED Updates, latest issuances, photos and other relevant information through our website: and our Facebook Page: For comments, suggestions and/or contributions, send your email to For queries, complains and other concerns, call DepED Region 11 at (082) 227-9342 or fax to (082) 227-1102 and (082) 221-6147.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 27, 2014.


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