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The Palawan office of the Department of Education (DepEd) said the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program is continuously showing signs of success but the result of its ongoing assessment will still be available in February.

In a Kapihan hosted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) on January 24, Palawan DepEd information officer Grace Estefano said the result of the K to 12 assessment in the province will be discussed during the Executive Conference of school officials set on January 31 to February 1.

She said the assessment includes determining the rate of success of enrollment, job landings of senior high graduates, total number of classrooms catering to enrolled senior high students, and interest to continue to college among others.

“Ongoing ang assessment at pag-ga-gather ng data from our schools, pag-uusapan ‘yang ating K to 12 sa Executive Conference na gagawin ngayong katapusan ng buwan. Hopefully, ‘yong result ng assessment ay maging available by February (The assessment and gathering of data from our schools is ongoing, and we will discuss the K to 12 in the Executive Conference that will be done end of the month. Hopefully, the result of the assessment will be made available in February),” she said.

Estefano said DepEd officials in the province are positive that the signs of success of the K to 12 implementation they have noted since 2016 will further increase in the following years.

She said one of these was the hiring of the first batch of 27 senior high graduates of Manamoc National High School (MNHS) in Barangay Manamoc, Cuyo town by Amanpulo on Pamalican Island.

She said the students who took the technical-vocational livelihood (TVL) career track were hired to work in Amanpulo as housekeeping staff, tour guides, and food and beverage personnel.

“Isa sa proof that they can land jobs is ‘yong mga estudyante na nagtapos ng senior high sa Manamoc na na-hire as staff ng Amanpulo. Ang nag-verify ng national certificate nila ay ASEAN assessor pa bago sila na-hire (One of the proof that they can land jobs was the successful hiring of the students of Manamoc as staff of Amanpulo. Their national certificates were verified by an ASEAN assessor before they were hired),” she said.

Estefano said this is “corroboration” that the basic education program can provide lifelong skill competencies to students for their own success.

She said for School Year (SY) 2018-2019, the total number of senior high school students enrolled in public and private schools is 20,246 out of 251,301 students in Palawan, including those in SUCs or state universities and colleges.

They are being catered by around 95 schools that offer senior high programs. The figure is comprised of 81 public schools, 10 private, and four SUCs.

The implementation of the K to 12 started in June 2016 as prescribed in the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, which added two years more in elementary.

Estefano said the courses offered in the senior high program are inline with the services needed in the community.

As of now, the submission of additional courses to offer in senior high is on going.

Grade 10, 11, and 12 students, she also said, are starting to take career guidance programs to determine what tracks they are interested in.

The guidance in choosing tracks of senior high students is not a lone responsibility of DepEd, according to Estefano. The parents and their communities have to play their roles in guiding them.

“Meron tayong career guidance program, nagsisimula ang career guidance ng grade 10, 11 and 12 kung saan ay modules ‘yan para malaman ng bata kung para saan siya. Hindi puro si DepEd dyan ang magtatrabaho, syempre kailangan din ng magulang, ng community,” Estefano pointed out.

(We have a career guidance program, and it starts at grade 10, 11, and 12 — these are modules where the student will know what she wants to do. DepEd is not the only one that should work here, parents and the communities are also needed.)