A Logistical NightMare
|Above copied from the Journal of Sensory Studies|
Although proponents discuss at length "perceived benefits" of the SHS years of DepEd's K to 12, there are many more challenges, perhaps even more important than how people may perceive SHS of DepEd's K to 12. These other challenges are actually faced by managers of buffet as well. These are logistical challenges. For a buffet operation to be successful, it is important to know beforehand what and how much do customers really want. It is only with this thoughtful planning that resources can be aligned appropriately to customer demands. The following approach described by Michelle Gessner, senior vice president of administration for Ovation, illustrates what could be helpful in managing a buffet.
Ovation Brands collects data weekly on waste in its restaurants. From there, the numbers are plugged into a computer for modeling based on time of year. Projections are made for the number of customers expected, along with what they’ll likely eat.
“We know pretty well how much food will be consumed on any particular day,” says Gessner. “We use far more fish products on the weekends, more salads at the beginning of the year. Meatloaf and fried chicken are the most popular items.”The above approach is obviously much easier to implement in the food industry. To guide decisions, data can actually be collected and made available in a relatively short period of time. The restaurant can change how and what it serves within a day. Ovation brands obviously chose to work on a year-long data, providing the company the information on habits and preferences of customers throughout a year. Doing the same thing for education is far more challenging.
The first question is how would the students be distributed across the different tracks of SHS. Here is DepEd's answer:
How will students choose their Senior High School specializations?Apparently, there are assessments, exams and counselings scheduled this year to help guide students. Information regarding this distribution is essential since the different tracks require different resources - especially in terms of instructors. The various tracks do have core subjects but there are courses that are exclusive to a particular track.
|Above copied from Rex Publishing|
With these wide variations across tracks, DepEd still manages to furnish projections for the number of teachers required to implement SHS. In a report submitted by DepEd to lawmakers a year ago, the following are the numbers of teachers DepEd is planning to hire to implement SHS in 2016 and 2017:
- English (5,197 to 8,178)
- Filipino (4,626 to 7,267)
- Social Science (5,529 to 8,697)
- Humanities (2,665 to 4,171)
- Math/Statistics (4,626 to 7,267)
- Advance Math (382 to 609)
- Physical Science (4,022 to 6,313)
- Life Science (3,640 to 5,707)
- Information & Communications Technology (2,560 to 3,982)
- ABM/Economics/Entrepreneurship (4,043 to 6,356)
- Philosophy (2,162 to 3,412)
- Physical Education (1,737 to 4,055)
- Technical Vocational Education & Training. (9,900 to 15,634)
|Above copied from DepEd|