• Govt boosts senior high school program

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    A Malacañang official on Sunday assured that implementation of the senior high school [SHS] or K-to-12 program will be subsidized by the government.

    Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said he was informed by Education Secretary Armin Luistro that the government subsidy will be effected through the voucher system.

    “The senior high school program, which will be offered this year, will include a government subsidy through the voucher system. Around 90 percent of all Grade 11 enrollees in private schools [and public universities and colleges]will be voucher beneficiaries. Many senior high schools have announced they have no additional fees or top-up beyond the voucher amount. Of course, those that will enroll in the SHS program in public schools will not need to pay any fees,” Coloma said, quoting Education Secretary Arman Luistro during an interview over Radyo ng Bayan.

    Parents have expressed concern over the additional cost of sending their children to senior high school as required in the K-to-12 basic education program.

    “Such concerns may have arisen from lack of information on and understanding of the policies and processes put in place by the government to ensure a smooth transition into and full implementation of the K-to-12 program, particularly on the inception of a senior high school program that will add two years — Grades 11 and 12 — to the free universal basic education program as mandated by the Constitution,” Coloma explained.

    He said the Department of Education (DepEd) has allocated a budget of around P12 billion to ensure that all Grade 10 graduates would be able to enter the senior high school program.

    PNA AND FRANCIS EARL CUETO

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