BORONGAN CITY, March 28, 2018–Hundreds of grade 12 students and teachers gathered for the first Borongan City division senior high school completion summit, prior to their graduation next week.
They are the first group to finish senior high school since the K-12 was implemented two years ago.
“When we first implemented the program, many of us doubted and questioned our stand to implement such an ambitious program,” Mr. Lorie Arago, division SHS coordinator said. “That is why, many of our pioneering senior high students chose to go to the cities, believing that the best schools are there”.
Dr. Gertrudes Mabutin, regional senior high school coordinator recalled the challenges thrown their way during the first months of the program implementation. The lack of classrooms, facilities, teachers, and the scarcity of learning resources were the top concerns.
“The list of inadequacies was long, but we have managed to turn challenges into opportunities,” she said.
Mr. Arago added that “despite the problems and issues we had to go through, we have finally produced the first graduates of the senior high school.”
“We are thankful to you who chose to stay with us, who sacrificed with us, together we learned how to more effectively implement the program,” Arago said and he believes it will take some more years before all issues can be addressed.
More or less 1,900 grade 12 students from 10 public and private schools in the city division will graduate.
Dr. Mabutin said that “our senior high graduates are ready for college, and for the others who will not be able to pursue further studies, they are ready for work and business”.
Results from national assessment are encouraging. “Despite the odds, you did your best, you did not compromise the quality of SHS education,” Arago told the students.
Meanwhile, Mr. Arago said that schools implementing technical/vocational/livelihood programs are reporting very high percentage passing rate in the TESDA assessment for NC II and NC III.
During the summit, the schools presented their stories, highlighting their implementation and accomplishments.
The Deped also recognized their industry and community partners, which are the agencies and businesses that absorbed the students during the work immersion phase of their studies. (Eden Cidro/Este News)