Education Secretary Armin Luistro announced Thursday that 12 Senior High School (SHS) model schools under the K to 12 Basic Education Program of the Department of Education (DepEd) will each be provided P1-million each subsidy.
Luistro said the financial assistance to the 12 technical vocational secondary schools that will model K to 12’s SHS Program would help the recipient schools in efficiently implementing the program that debuted when classes opened in June this year.
“We are assisting these schools so that they may effectively and expediently operate the program through technical and financial support. Just like a research and development process, we expect to draw out the best practices of participating model schools which we can replicate in the years ahead,” Luistro explained.
The 12 tech-voc schools are Bukig National Agricultural & Technical School in Cagayan Valley; Angeles City National Trade School in Pampanga; Balagtas National Agricultural High School in Bulacan; Bataan School of Fisheries in Bataan; San Pedro Relocation Center National High School in Laguna; Rizal Experimental Station & Pilot School for Cottage Industries in Pasig City; Don Alejandro Roces Science & Technology High School in Quezon City; Dona Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School in Silay City; Subangdaku Technical Vocational High School in Mandaue City; Opol National Secondary Technical School in Cagayan de Oro; Iligan City National School of Fisheries in Iligan City; and Tagum National Trade School in Tagum City.
Luistro said that the fund can be used to develop a competency-based curriculum per identified area of specialization based on industry inputs and/or Technical Education & Skill Development Authority (TESDA) training regulations.
“The subsidy may also be used in the preparation of instructional materials and purchase of supplies/materials and other learning resources,” Luistro said. “It may also be used for training of teachers who will teach different specializations,” he added.
The recipient schools are required to submit a monthly progress report, including the liquidation of expenses. To check on the status of the financial assistance to the 12 recipient schools, a one-day program evaluation will be held on August 29, 2012.
“The financial assistance may also be spent for student assessment that will complete certain qualifications as well as in consultation with industry partners,” Luistro ended.
By INA HERNANDO-MALIPOT