By: Suhaila Shahabuddin
In line with the full implementation of Senior High School under K to 12 Program for the school year 2016-2017, Dr. Philip T. Cuevas, the newly-installed principal of laboratory High School announced that the school is K to 12 ready!
“Despite the challenges we have encountered in the application for the Senior High School like preparing the criteria and qualifying requirements given by the Department of Education, we have successfully prepared all the pertinent documents for SHS operations” Dr. Cuevas said.
He also noted that though classrooms are to be identified, yet in the upcoming conference with the different directors of CCSPC. Moreover, the Senior High School Students may use some of the classrooms in the college which will not be occupied by the college students. They may likewise use the second and third floor of the Digs Building located at the back of the school.
“In terms of the teaching force, we have already identified teachers who will be teaching in the senior high school. Specifically, these teachers are those who participated in the national training for trainers for K to12 last 2013 up to this year in Manila and Cebu City. We will also be having seminar-workshop for them” he stressed.
Dr. Cuevas also elaborated that the school offers academic and sports tracks. Under the academic track, is the two strands: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and General academic Strand (GAS). With these tracks, the school has successfully affiliated with the golden lace, Mc Donalds and STI.
“By next school year, we hope to offer another two more tracks. We will try our best to offer Technical Vocational Livelihood and ABM”, he added.
Lastly, Dr. Cuevas said that the Department of Education shall be subsidizing SHS fees. The senior High School Voucher Program through DepEd Order 46, series of 2015, states that all grade 1o completers of public JHS are qualified voucher recipients and will receive the full value of the voucher. The voucher shall cover two years. A student may face disqualification from the voucher if he or she drops out in the middle of the school year and does not re-enroll the following school year.