Friday, May 27, 2016

Bohol ‘pilots’ special "senior high" tracks

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 24, (PIA) –At least three special courses under the four different tracks which the Department of Education (DepED) implements in Bohol high schools starting June 13, are for takers as the senior high schools open.

Piloted for Bohol high schools offering senior high school courses are tourism, agriculture under the Technology and Vocational Livelihood strand, as well as Sports under the sports strand, relays Bohol Division Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos. 

Aside from the senior high school stands like General Academic, Arts and Design, Sports and Technology and Vocational Livelihood readied in several of 129 public high schools and 54 private secondary high schools, the specialized courses are now piloted in three schools here. 

Special Tourism course is now ready to be offered in Panglao at the Lourdes High School where a facility has been erected last year, Dr. Bongalos reported at the Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting, May 23.

Moreover, in San Pascual Ubay, she said, agriculture is now a part of the specialization for senior high schools. 

This course is offered under the Technology Vocational Livelihood track, where most TESDA courses like Home Economics, Agri-Fishery, Industrial Arts, and Information and Communications Technology are offered. 

Earlier, the Regional Development Council has appropriated funds for an agricultural training center, set for San Pascual in Ubay town. 

Apparently, the government has been pushing of the training center, which is now the pilot school for agriculture here.

In Tubigon, the local public high school is also offering Sports strand, which has 9 subjects under it.

Sports subjects include Safety and First Aid, Human Movement, Coaching, Sports Officiating, and Sports Leadership.

Superintendent Bongalos also said all is set for the June 13 opening of schools, which also officially starts senior high schools when the K12 pioneers who completed junior high schools last year finally reach Grade 11 or senior high school.

With the education system change which implemented the K-12, learners in the country need to complete full kindergarten plus 12 years in school.

This includes grades 1-6, four years un junior high school and a chance to get specializations in the two years of senior high schools. 

With schools scrambling to put up decent senior high schools, most public and private high schools without the needed investment to provide the offerings are now picking the general academic strand.

This allows them to offer Accountancy, Business, and Management, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Humanities and Social Science and the general academics. 

Also in some schools are Arts and Design where some nine subjects need about 80 contact house to complete the course. (rac/PIA7/Bohol)

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