Trac­ing Foot­prints: First Grad­u­ates of Se­nior High School

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - Edna L. Gozun ***** Teacher III at Ti­na­jero Na­tional High School-An­nex Ma­galang, Pam­panga

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of se­nior high school in the Philip­pines na­tion­wide which once a big punch on the moon be­fore has showed the foot­prints – traces – of its first grad­u­ates SY 2017-2018.

In one re­port by Philip­pine Star, there were some groups who ex­pressed their con­cern of over es­ti­mates that 400,000 out of the 1.5 mil­lion grad­u­ates that year will not pro­ceed to se­nior high school (Ma­teo, 2018). How­ever, en­roll­ment data showed that 1.4 mil­lion or about 93 per­cent went to Grade 11, which Bri­ones de­scribed as “very im­pres­sive.” The sec­re­tary told they would mon­i­tor the grad­u­ates to de­ter­mine the num­ber of those who pro­ceeded to col­lege and those who sought em­ploy­ment. She added, “All se­nior high school learn­ers get work­place ex­po­sure in in­dus­tries re­lated to their tracks and spe­cial­iza­tions,”. In short, sur­veys showed 24% of firms hired K-12 grads.

This is just one of the find­ings that se­nior high school grad­u­ates – first batch – have proven their em­ploy­a­bil­ity in firms and as well as to other busi­ness in­dus­tries. Ap­parently, the im­pli­ca­tion of this in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of se­nior high school had re­ceived a good feed­back, a good re­turn.

Ac­tu­ally, se­nior high school stu­dents did not only ex­cel in their em­ploy­a­bil­ity but also their readi­ness for col­lege. Col­lege and univer­sity pro­fes­sors claimed that com­pared to the reg­u­lar col­lege stu­dents who were not grad­u­ates of K-12, se­nior high school stu­dents – fresh­men- are com­pe­tent in their aca­demic sub­jects. Ev­i­dently, these traces of com­pe­tency stemmed from their prepa­ra­tion dur­ing se­nior high school years. One main fea­ture of K-12 is that stu­dents are free to choose their pre­ferred track and strands: Aca­demic, Sports, Arts and De­sign and Tech-Voc.

The first grad­u­ates of the se­nior high school SY 2017-2018, the coun­try, then has pro­duced stu­dents who were com­pe­tent in the Aca­demic with spe­cial­iza­tion in Science and Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics (STEM), Ac­coun­tancy, Busi­ness and Man­age­ment (ABM), Hu­man­i­ties and So­cial Sciences (HUMSS) as well as Gen­eral Aca­demic Strand (GAS); Sports with spe­cial­iza­tion in Ath­let­ics, Fit­ness, and Recre­ational In­dus­tries; Arts and De­sign with spe­cial­iza­tion in Vis­ual Arts and Per­form­ing Arts, and Tech­ni­cal-Vo­ca­tional Liveli­hood (TVL) with spe­cial­iza­tion on AgriFish­ery Arts, Home Eco­nom­ics, In­dus­trial Arts, and In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (ICT).

Se­nior high school stu­dents, re­gard­less of their tracks and strands, al­ready had ob­tained the com­pe­ten­cies of higher and ad­vanced course sub­jects which they will en­counter in the col­lege. Fur­ther­more, they are ready for work since they have been im­mersed on their cho­sen track and strand that’s why, they were able to ap­ply life and soft skills that are func­tional in the so­ci­ety.

Ref­er­ences

Ma­teo, J. (2018, May 11). Se­nior high school re­sults ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions? Re­trieved

from https://www.philstar.com/head­lines/2018/05/11/1814173/se­nior-high-school­re­sults-ex­ceeded-ex­pec­ta­tions-deped

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