EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro on Wednesday called on school administrators and school heads from private, local and state colleges and universities to fully support the implementation of the senior high school (Grades 11 and 12) program.
Luistro said all stakeholders from various sectors should work together to ensure a smooth nationwide implementation of the senior high school program in June 2016.
Thousands of participants composed of school presidents and faculty gathered at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City to discuss various education issues, particularly the senior high school program.
This year’s summit with the theme “Private + Public: Forging an Integrated Approach to the K-to-12 program” provides education leaders and policymakers a bird’s eye view on how they would implement an educational reform that could benefit millions of Filipinos. It was organized by the country’s private school organizations led by Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), a trustee of the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE).
Luistro said the remaining six months will be crucial for the education sector to roll out the senior high school program.
“The next few months would be critical, but I had no doubt that we can continue and sustain this if we work together,” he noted.
“There is a threat of an administration change . . . there is a climate of politics that disrupts and could push up one way or another. There is a Christmas season and there are many concerns that we have to face. But the [K-to-12] reform must continue,” the DepEd chief added.
He said private and public schools should work as collaborators, not as competitors.
“I think it would be possible if we work hand in hand . . . look for solutions for a problem . . . look for and anticipate issues that will emerge,” Luistro said.
“We cannot allow anyone to divide us. We cannot be disrupted with an unhealthy competition. We cannot be disrupted with the many other efforts that we need to put in so that we can refine the important program that we’ve started,” he said.
Senior high school allows students to choose among four tracks—Academic, Technical-Vocational-Livelihood, Sports, and Arts and Design—which are designed to help learners prepare for higher education, employment, or entrepreneurship.