San Fernando prepares for SHS program

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Several public and private school officials recently gathered at Heroes Hall to discuss the upcoming implementation of the Senior High School (SHS) Program under the K-12 Basic Education Curriculum in 2016.

Sergio Cabrera, Schools Division superintendent of the City of San Fernando, said the meeting revolved around the inclusion of different vocation and technical courses within the SHS program.

"The vocational courses will really be there to support them in finding jobs even if they cannot enter college. It will give them the skills they need," said Cabrera.

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Under the RA 10533 or the Expanded Basic Education Act of May 2013, the basic education offered in the Philippines has been comprised of compulsory kindergarten and additional two years of high school with field specializations in academics, technical-vocational, arts or sports.

According to the latest data of the Department of Education (DepEd), Central Luzon currently has about 218,750 public school students and 128,300 private school students.

By next year, DepEd estimated that roughly 60 percent of the senior high school students will go to public schools while 40 percent will enter private schools.

"The private schools are actually very important because of the massive influx of students," said Cabrera.

The private schools, said Cabrera, will help in decongesting the public schools through DepEd's new voucher system, which was introduced last year.

The voucher system will enable students to enroll in eligible private educational institutions or non-DepEd public schools under a full or partial tuition subsidy.

Cabrera said the government subsidy can reach as much as P17,500, which is slightly higher than the previously announced P15,000 subsidy.

Meanwhile, public and private school representatives around the city are set to meet again this April to further talk about the preparation measures of the city for the impending SPS program implementation.

"There are still private schools that have yet to implement the K-12 program so we have to know if there are enough schools to accommodate the students," said Cabrera.

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