SUPPORT among the Bicolanos for the implementation of the senior high school (SHS) under the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-to-12) program is continually gaining further strength in numbers with the increasing signatories to the manifesto of support generated during the recent information and services caravan conducted by the Regional Information and Advocacy Committee Technical Working Group of the Regional Development Council in Presentacion town, Camarines Sur province.
Presentacion Mayor Jimmy Villete Deleña led his constituents in signing the SHS Manifesto of Support and the signature wall set up at the Department of Education (DepEd) booth located at the municipal covered court during the three-day activity that commenced from May 27 until 29.
Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Bicol officer-in-charge Aida Alcazar-Naz also signed the document and the signature wall as expression of support of the agency.
PIA Camarines Sur Information Center Manager Lizel Macatangay also signed the document and the wall together with Philippine National Police, Philippine Army officers and personnel, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority employees and other government agencies.
Under the K-to-12 reform, a student will be required to undergo kindergarten, six years of primary education (Grades 1-6), four years of junior high school (Grades 7-10) and two years of senior high school (Grades 11-12).
The new education system aims to improve the quality of basic education and adequately prepare high school graduates for college education, work or employment, making them globally competitive.
“I am strongly pushing for the implementation of the SHS for this will bring progress and development,” Deleña said.
Parubcan Public Schools District Supervisor Dr. Jenny-lyn Cedron confirmed that Presentacion is ready for the implementation of SHS with six high schools already certified to offer SHS tracks.
These schools are Bantugan National High School which will offer General Academic Strand (GAS), Bitaogan National High School to offer GAS, Buenavista National High School to offer Technical, Vocational, and Livelihood (TVL) track, Federico P. Condat National High School (formerly Maangas High School) to offer GAS and TVL, Lidong High School to offer GAS, and Presentacion National High School to offer GAS and TVL.