BALANGA CITY: The chools division of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Balanga, Bataan on Friday announced that the city is ready for the opening of Senior High School on Monday.
Dr. Carolina Violeta, officer-in-charge of the city schools division, and her assistant Superintendent Armando Capili said the Bataan National High School (BNHS) and the City of Balanga High School (COB HS) are both prepared in terms of infrastructures and teaching force.
“Some 41 teachers for Senior High School are already in place. They have completed the necessary trainings and orientation about the curriculum for Grade 11,” Violeta said.
She said 11 teachers were assigned in COB HS and 30 in BNHS. Both are public high schools in the city. As of June 8, there were 300 enrollees in COB HS and 1,220 in BNHS for Grade 11.
Grade 11 is part of DepEd’s K-12 program where a student has to finish Grade 12 (Grades 7 – 12 in high school) before he or she will be permitted to take a college course. This school year is the first year of implementation of the program.
Capili said that 40 classrooms and two standard workshops are set for use by Senior High School enrollees on Monday.
He said that 700 desks were already delivered to the schools, while the Provincial Engineering Office is preparing additional desks and tables for workshops from lumber confiscated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Undergoing construction at the BNHS compound are 20 classrooms funded by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and another 40 budgeted by the DepEd for use in school year 2017. “The city is more than ready for senior high school with regards to infrastructures,” Capili said.
He considered enrollment to senior high school as very encouraging. Capili said there were 1,000 students who graduated from high school at the BNHS last March. “Sa [For] Grade 11, mahigit [more than]1,200 na enrolled as of June 8,” the assistant schools division superintendent said.
He said that of the enrollees are six Aeta natives. “Para hindi na sila mahirapan pag-uwi-uwi sa bundok, binigyan silang libreng dormitory at libreng pagkain [So they won’t have to go home often, we gave them free board and lodging],” Capili said.
He said enrollees in senior high school will have nothing to pay. “They will have zero expenses because government will shoulder even for example welding rods and other devices,” Capili added.