All systems go for Senior High School program in Dagupan

DAGUPAN CITY — It’s now all systems go for the Senior High School (SHS) program in Dagupan City even as some of the school buildings needed by students, which are still under construction, are yet to be completed in two to three months.

“We are not yet 100 percent ready but this will come in just two to three months,” said Ma. Linda Ventinilla, chief of the School Governance Operations Division of the city schools division office, speaking during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) forum here on Thursday

Ventinilla said they did not see any problem in Dagupan because they had contingency measures in place till after the still uncompleted buildings are ready just to accommodate all enrollees in Grade 11 of the senior high school program.

She said the training of teachers who will teach the incoming Grade 11 students concerning specialization courses and common topics, is now going on at the DepEd regional office and will be completed before the start of classes on June 13.

The training of teachers for other grades, she said, was already completed.

Asked why other people still have second thoughts about K 2 12, Ventinilla said: “Kung ang ibang tao ay urong-sulong, sa DepEd wala kaming inuurungan (If other people still thinks its forward-backward ( for K 2 12), we at DepEd will call on any challenge),” Ventinilla said.

She said they already held a K 2 12 summit at CSI Stadia in Dagupan last week, which was attended by stakeholder, including some 3,000 incoming Grade 11 students and their parents, to thresh out any more problems anticipated in connection with the implementation of K 2 12.

She called on incoming Grade 11 students to apply for the voucher system if they want to enroll in private schools to entitle them to government subsidy but do not expect that they are given 100 percent subsidy and will still pay a little.

Meanwhile, Ventinilla said DepEd considered the coming opening of classes this school year on June 13 as very historic because this would be the first year of senior high school program being introduced in the educational system.

At the same time, Ventinilla announced that under Oplan Balik Eskwela, the registration of students this coming school year will start on May 28.

She said the week-long Brigada Eskwela aimed at preparing classrooms and school grounds safe and convenient for school-bound students, would be from May 30 to June 4 and to be participated in by parents, teachers, barangay officials and other concerned citizens. PNA/