Friday, June 24, 2016

DepEd to track over 5,000
"missing" senior hi studes

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 21, (PIA)--The Department of Education (DepED) in Bohol is still consolidating reports to trace around 5,000 Grade 10 student completers who have not shown up for senior high in the public schools, a week after the opening of classes June 13.

DepED information Officer Lope Hubac, however believed these students could be already enrolled in the private schools or have moved to the city, in what is apparently a thinking that they need a new environment after completing junior years in the public schools.

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, Hubac said the DepEd, who has kept a record of junior high school student completers said about 19,152 students completed Grade 10 and eligible to take the senior high school.

But, after the beginning days of the opening of classes, only 14,134 completers have registered and are enrolled for the senior high schools.

The DepEd implements this school year 2016-2017, the first year for senior high school, to be Grade 11  and continues with the Grade 12 by next year, when the first batch of senior high school students graduate.

In a talk with district supervisors, Hubac said a mandate to track these students has been given and the Division office could get hold of the reports within the succeeding weeks.

For these students, he said the most probable thing is that they have transferred to Tagbilaran City, which has "more equipped schools" to implement senior high schools, or have transferred to the private high schools.

Hubac, who was among the Division Field Assistance Teams, sent out to monitor the opening of classes and the enrollment for senior high, noted  this even as DepED projects a steady increase in enrolment, even for this school year.

The Bohol Division of the DepED keeps a separate record from the City public Schools, that part of the missing senior high school entrants could already be in the system of the city schools, he reasoned out.

Moreover, DepEd also admits it could be difficult to obtain data for students entering senior high schools through the country's state universities and colleges, he added.

State Universities and Colleges technically do not fall under the DepED, but the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Hubac claimed.

Even then, he also assured that the DepEd is not stopping until every one of the completers is tracked and are found in schools.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro, who happens to be a missionary, accordingly instructed the education sector workers to seek out the missing sheep, where ever they may be.

In Bohol, of the high schools offering 164 junior high, only 129 are offering follow on courses for the senior high school, Bohol Division said.

He also assured that the DepEd would always seek ways to get them [students] back on track as the certificates of completion is not yet a high school diploma and could not be used for employment.

The senior high school is that part of high school training which would allow students to gain skills to be gainfully employable. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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