• DepEd, San Sebastian ink K-to-12 pact

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    THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday said the first batch of Grade 12 graduates of Sangley Point National High School (SPNHS) in Cavite province will now be able to reap one benefit of their pilot Senior High School (SHS) under the government’s flagship K-to-12 program.

    The DepEd and San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Cavite (SSC-R), in a memorandum signed on Thursday, agreed on a scheme wherein common general education subjects taken by the graduates will be credited when they enroll in college degree programs.

    “The additional years mean additional knowledge and skills,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.

    “If they enroll in other colleges, they might end up repeating some general education courses. This program with San Sebastian takes into account the extra competencies they have mastered,” the DepEd chief added.

    The education department is currently implementing K-to-12 program on a phased basis, meaning public and private schools have only begun teaching Grade 8 this school year.

    Several schools like University of Makati and The Manila Times College have already started their own Senior High School programs beginning with Grade 11 last year.

    The SPNHS, however, does not have a college program, which led to a public-private partnership with SSC-R.

    Neil A. Alcober

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