TACLOBAN CITY-Eight government high schools in Samar province were identified for the implementation of the senior high school curriculum for school year 2015-2016.
This was revealed by Clarita Menda, education program supervisor for the K to 12 program of the schools division of Samar.
The readiness of the administrators and the students themselves were among the factors considered why the eight schools were chosen, Menda added.
She also said that the support of the communities was also a big factor why the schools were selected. There are 73 secondary schools within the Samar schools division.
The eight schools that are to implement the senior high school are the Quintin Quijano Sr. Memorial Agriculture School, Pinabacdao National High School and Parasanon National High School, all in Pinabacdao town; Calbiga National High School in Calbiga; Clarencio Calagos Memorial School of Fisheries in Sta. Margarita; Ramon T. Diaz Memorial School in Gandara; Paranas National High School in Paranas and Valeriano Yancha Memorial Agricultural School in Basey.
Menda said that this early, she is optimistic that the implementation of the senior high school curriculum in these eight public schools Samar would yield positive result.
Eventually, the senior high school program would be implemented in all the remaining 65 public high schools in the province.
Menda said that because of the willingness of the administrators and the students themselves of these schools to embrace the new curriculum being piloted by the Department of Education for the first time.
“Of course, we cannot also discount the fact that the help from our leaders here in Samar will also help for the success of the program’s implementation,” Menda said.
She particularly cited the full support being extended by Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan for the K to 12 implementation.
The governor led a forum held on April 2 in Catbalogan City on the program that will be introduced for the first time in Samar.
The governor, in several interviews with her, had underscored the importance of education as a key for the province to improve the living condition of her people.
Thus, she had said, any program that has something to do for the improvement of the province’ education sector would be given needed support by her office.
Menda said that as part of their preparation for the implementation of the senior high school, their office is currently finalizing the number of teachers and classrooms that will be needed for the program.
“All we want now is for all the stakeholders to embrace the program. This is for our student’s benefits and for us all as well,”Menda said. (JOEY A. GABIETA)