"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein

Monday, May 30, 2016

Everyone Is Ready for DepEd's K to 12

"Being Ready" nowadays seems to have lost quite an important word, and that word is "fully". Nominee for Education Secretary Leonor Briones is reported to be "ready to head DepEd". Current officials of DepEd are proclaiming "all systems go" for the new senior high school. To see whether we are indeed "ready" SunStar in the Visayas region is asking "Central Visayas, ready for Grade 11?". There are in fact statements and figures that we should digest properly in that SunStar article to understand better what "ready" really means. Here are those statements and figures:
  • In Cebu Province, where the Department of Education (DepEd) allocated 1,038 classrooms, only 371 have been completed.
  • In Cebu City, the initial target was to build 318 classrooms for senior high schools. But according to the latest assessment, only 52 may be done by the time classes open.
  • Meanwhile, officer-in-charge Dr. Joelyza Arcilla of the DepEd Cebu City School Government and Operations Division said that only 106 out of 305 teachers are qualified to teach senior high’s specialized tracks.
  • In Cebu Province, DepEd expects 29,240 SHS enrollees. Of this number, 6,222 are part of the voucher program.
  • DepEd 7 disclosed there are only 10 public high schools that will not offer senior high school levels in the region. But not all schools offering senior high will offer all the tracks.
And to these figures, the SunStar quotes a DepEd official, "DepEd 7 Senior High Coordinator Tomas Pastor said the agency is “95 percent ready” for it." It seems that not only the word "being ready" is being misused, but our common arithmetic sense is being abused.

How can pupils learn simple math when DepEd does not even know that 371 is so far being 95 percent of 1038? Here is a hint for DepEd: 95 percent of 1038 is about 600 classrooms more on top of the 371 that have been completed.


Above copied from ABS-CBN

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