TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- All five principals of this city division’s public secondary schools gathered to promote the Department of Education’s Senior High School program at Cagayan National High School here, Thursday, April 26.
The school heads asked parents and stakeholders to continue supporting the program as they faced the media in the first-ever Senior High Expo.
“We invest our time money efforts to our learners, sa kinabukasan ng ating mga kabataan, dahil bumabalik yan. Yung investment na yan maibabalik din sa inyo in terms of [developing] productive individuals. At kung sino ang makikinabang? The whole community, tayo rin lahat,” Linao National High School Principal Elpidio “Jun” Mabasa Jr said.
Mabasa also referred to government agencies, business and religious sectors, non-government organizations, and private institutions who partner with DepEd’s immersion programs.
The principal said work immersion is a flagship program of senior high schools.
“We are bringing our learners to the workplace. We hope that when they go back to not to the school but to the community, they will be very productive,” he said.
Meanwhile, Cagayan National High School Principal Noemi Obcena defended senior high program, adding that the graduation of the pioneer batch this year proved the success of the program.
“Indeed our students in the secondary [level] need to mature for two more years and we are now at par with all the countries of the world because…our students can now go abroad, can now enroll anywhere, can apply for jobs anywhere because they are fully equipped with the credentials of a K to 12 education,” Obcena said.
Meanwhile, Mabasa said all nine of their food and beverage services learners achieved National Certificate assessment of TESDA. This means the said students are now ready to work.
For Gosi National High School (GNHS), Principal Gloria Luz said all 92 of their students who went for immersion earned positive feedback from partner agencies.
CNHS proudly reported that many of their students who went for immersion passed the NC2 assessment.
Further, CNHS students from the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand engaged with capstone projects while students under the General Academic Strand (GAS) and Sports Track took part in “comprehensive culminating activities.”
Yet, the school heads think they need more partner agencies for immersion.
“We think that’s not yet enough. We still wish to expose them further most especially sa world of work. [We’re still] on the process pa rin po kami sa pagpartner sa marami pang agencies na hindi pa namin na-ta tap and which we believe are very open naman po to help our students in the senior high school,” Obcena said.
“We still [have] some more but considering that we are in the baby stage, these are the only agencies that have partnered with us. We are trying our best this school year to look for more,” Cataggaman National High School Principal Mary Ann Balungay said.
Meanwhile, the school heads assured they are doing their best to guide young learners in choosing careers that are best suited for them.
“It may not be necessarily in our school that they will enroll in. It’s okay as long as they will follow their passion and choice. So we bombard them with career choices during their grade 10. It’s really hard to decide…We do not want them to be confused but rather [we want them to be] informed of what to take up. They will be very happy if they chose the right career [for them],” Mabasa said.
Each school offers various strands depending on the results of surveys on students’ preferences and enrolles’ enlistment.
Tuguegarao City Science High School Principal Grace Macababbad said they are “very much ready to offer” the STEM strand, noting that TCSHS is inclined in enhancing students’ skills on math and science.
GNHS’ Luz said they are also “very ready” to continue their ICT programs, saying they have a 1:1 ratio for computer units and students.
Meanwhile, CNHS said all their 48 classrooms are ready to accommodate students with 2,300 new enrollees for this year.
Catagamman on the other hand is seeking to offer STEM strand which could 30 students interested in the strand.
On Wednesday, May 2, the division will conduct a senior high summit and host a stakeholders’ night at Pulsar Hotel. Northernforum.net