DepEd Province exceeds target on senior high enrollees

The province of Cebu is the only district in Region 7 that exceeded its target on the number of enrollees for the senior high school level.

Cebu Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Rhea Angtud announced the good news during the Provincial School Board meeting yesterday.

According to Angtud’s report, around 24,000 senior high school students were officially enrolled; higher than the expected target of 22,000.

At present, 254 public schools in the entire province are offering the new curriculum for senior high school and about 700 teachers were deployed.

Based on DepEd’s website, the new curriculum is standards and competence based, inclusive and built around the needs of the learners. The program will cover the 13-year basic education with the key stages: kindergarten to grades 3; grades 4 to 6; grades 7 to 10 (Junior High School); and grades 11-12 (Senior High School).

Under this program are five (5) academic tracks: Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), General Academic, and Pre-Baccalaureate Maritime strands.

Angtud said preparations were made for the opening of the senior high school. However, lack of classrooms and facilities were considered due to the increase of enrollees this year.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III gave his assurance to continue with the provincial government’s support of building more classrooms.

The school board is also looking at the distribution of notebooks next school year. “Daghan na kaayo’ng requirements labi na gyud notebooks, and so we are looking to at least give aid sa gastohan sa mga ginikanan,” said Davide.

The plan may be realized next school year since the budget for this year has been finalized.

A regular elementary pupil is required to have a notebook per subject; meaning not less than five notebooks for each pupil.

This year, the province has a total of 459,744 enrollees: 311,018 in which are in Kindergarten and Elementary, 124,256 in Junior High School, and 24,470 in Senior High School.