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More SHS students enroll in private schools w/ gov’t vouchers
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

NEAR COMPLETION -- Department of Education Asec. Alberto Muyot together with DepEd-CAR officials inspect the Baguio City National Science High School building in Irisan during the first day of school last week. When completed, the only stand-alone senior high school in the country could accommodate more than 3,000 students. -- Redjie Cawis

 

The voucher system of the government has led to more senior high school students enrolling in private schools, according to the initial assessment of the Department of Education Baguio, as classes started on June 5 and while enrollment is still ongoing.

Rachel Bugtong, DepEd-Baguio’s chief education supervisor of the Curriculum Implementation Division, said that based on their survey of grade 10 students before they enrolled in grade 11, they were expecting that 60 percent would enroll in public schools while 40 percent would go to private educational institutions.

“However, come enrollment, it was the other way around. Fewer have so far enrolled in the public schools,” Bugtong said.

Aside from private schools appearing to have attracted more students through persuasive senior high school program campaigns, Bugtong said the voucher offered by the government to public school grade 10 finishers who would opt to enroll in private schools for grade 11 has made the difference.

In the Kindergarten to grade 12 (K to 12) curriculum of the DepEd, which is now on its second year of implementation, the government pays P20,000 of the tuition of a student from public school who would opt to enroll in a private school through the voucher system. The student or parent shall shoulder the balance.

The voucher is good for two years, provided that the student passes all subjects regularly. Failing a subject or more will forfeit the voucher.

Bugtong said many parents decided for their children to avail of the voucher and enroll in private schools since they will have to pay less.

As of June 2, a total of 44,648 of the 57,999 kindergarten to grade 11 students have been enrolled.

Bugtong saidDepEd officials are hoping that the remaining 13,351 students who have yet to enroll will come back during the enrollment period until June 16.

Otherwise, she said the enrollment period might be extended up to the end of June.

At the moment, the shortfall from the expected number of kindergarten to grade 11 students is creating an imbalance in the classroom to student ratio, particularly in the senior high classes.

Bugtong said of the different tracks and strands offered in the senior high, there is tendency that there are 55 students in a class and only 15 in another class.

At the stand-alone senior high of Baguio City High School in Irisan, which is so far the biggest stand-alone senior high school in the country, there is a class with only three enrollees, who, Bugtong said, cannot be ignored.

“As much as we want to tell them to transfer to other senior high schools where the track they have chosen is also offered and which has enough number of enrolees, we cannot do so because they are Irisan residents. So, we are hoping that the number will increase until the end of the month,” she said.

Most of senior high students in Baguio chose the academic track, with 1,043 enrollees; followed by technical and vocational with 623, arts and design with 122, and sports with 47 enrollees.

Lack of classrooms remains one of the challenges met during first day of classes in public schools.

Based on DepEd’s monitoring during the class opening on June 5 in some schools in the city, it was observed that some classes have exceeded the standard class to student ratio. In Guisad Valley National High School, grade 7 has 67 students in a class and 68 learners in a class in grade 8. Grades 9 and 10 have an average of 50 to 55 students in one classroom.

Pines City National High School has an average of 65 students per class.

However, Bugtong said these remain excellent ratios vis-a-vis the ideal 1 is to 35 (classroom to student) ratio for kindergarten to 10 and 1:10 for grade 11.

She said fortunately, the first day of classes this school year really meant that students get to start with their lessons, unlike in the past years where teachers and students helped clean and prepare classrooms and campuses during the first two weeks of class opening.

With the institution of the Brigada Eskwela, she said everything needed is now in place and all learners are inside the classroom having their lessons during the first day of classes.


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