Koronadal City. “The basic education sector in the Region has paved the road and all gear ready in line with the implementation of the Senior High School (SHS) program,” RD Allan G. Farnazo of DepEd XII announced during the Second Quarter Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) meeting at Villa Amor Hotel, Koronadal City.
Farnazo publicly shared that DepEd XII had set in place the requirements in managing the SHS programs, such as the policies, assessment and resources planning.
He said that the SHS program aims to achieve a holistically developed Filipino with 21st century skills and this could be made possible through its 31 subjects which are composed of 15 core subjects and 16 track based subjects.
The core subjects are language, science, philosophy, social science, mathematics, communication, humanities, PE and health. The track subjects are academic, technical-vocational-livelihood, sports, and arts and design.
Farnazo also shared that based on the assessment conducted, 46% of the target learners indicate their interest in techvoc, followed by academic tracks (43%), sports (6%), and arts and design (5%). In terms of occupational interest inventory, most target learners expressed interest in agriculture, aesthetics, and mechanical.
“Almost 57 thousand students will enroll in SHS in SY 2016-2017, thus, DepEd XII proposed an additional 6,577 class and laboratory rooms for CY 2016 and about 3,565 teachers,” RD Farnazo said.
To address the resources needed for the implementation of the program, DepEd issued Memorandum 4, Series of 2014, encouraging non-DepEd Schools, including private high schools and private and public higher education institutions, to offer SHS in SY 2016-2017. (Gwyneth Grace B. Collado, NEDA 12-DRD)