BAGUIO CITY – – Enrolment in public schools is now officially open and the Department of Education – Cordillera, Division of Baguio assures readiness for the implementation of the grade 11 of the Senior High School under the country’s K to 12 basic education system.
Dr. Francis Caesar Bringas, DepEd – CAR OIC Asst. Regional Director and concurrent Baguio School Division Superintendent, disclosed in a kapihan media forum on Monday that there are 5,100 grade 10 completers from the various public schools in Baguio and 1,300 of them will be going to the eight public high schools that will offer senior high. The remaining 3,800 may go to any of the 38 DepEd recognized private educational institutions- senior high school implementers in the city.
Bringas assured DepEd will provide an annual maximum of P20, 000 educational assistance under the department’s voucher system to public school grade 10 completers enrolling in private schools. Any amount in excess will be shouldered by the parents.
He clarified that the educational assistance and fund transactions will be between DEpEd and the school where the student will enroll. He advised parents to canvass private schools that will suit their financial capability and to inquire and clarify how much they need to bring-out from their pocket as well as the terms and period of payments.
For other senior high preparations, Brings reported that constructions of public school senior high facilities are on-going and at around 85 percent completion. The DepEd will also conduct a massive training for senior high teachers after the May 9 election.
For the students who will enter Grade 11, Bringas also advises them to choose the senior high school academic track that they are interested in, whether in the strand of Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM); Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or Grand Academic Strand (GAS).
Bringas also encourages 4th year high school graduates who are not working yet to enroll in senior high as such will boost their opportunity to gain employment afterwards.
Joining Bringas as panelists in the media forum were Atty. Agustin Laban, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Elma Donaal, School Governance and Operations Division and Dr. Rachel Bugtong. head and chief educational supervisor for curriculum implementation. (JDP/CCD/PIA CAR)