- The Department of Education said that the agency is now ready for the first Senior HS roll-out on June 13
- ASec Tonisito Umali said the training of teachers will finish “just in time” for the first day of classes
- Umali also noted that unfinished school construction projects will be completed in just a matter of weeks
Barely two weeks before the start of classes for School Year 2016-2017, the Department of Education (DepEd) has assured the public that the agency is now ready to roll-out the government’s new Senior High School (SHS) program which will be launched on June 13.
In an article written by Kristine Felisse Mangunay and Carizza Ibañez for Philippine Daily Inquirer on May 29, 2016, it was disclosed that the training of teachers who will be handling grade 11 subjects will be finished “just in time” for the first day of classes on the second Monday of June.
“The DepEd is ready. You can be assured that the first day of classes will be orderly,” DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali said.
Umali also noted that while not all of the facilities meant for the senior high school program are already finished, the projects are expected to be completed in just a matter of weeks.
“There are a few that are still under construction and this is what we always say—we are very ready but if there are a few classrooms that will not finish construction by June 13, after one or two weeks these will be OK,” he added.
Last January 30, the DepEd already began its annual early registration campaign to ensure that all school-aged children will be enrolled in any educational institution this coming academic year.
In a statement made at the Media Kapihan forum, Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo said that the early registration schedule aims to enlist all five and six-year-old children into the rosters of kindergarten and grade 1 students, respectively.
He also noted that DepEd schools are also open to accepting street children and out-of-school youth who regularly roam the streets since the agency recognizes every child’s basic right to be educated.
“We need to reach out. It is also the function of the community that children should be enrolled,” Mateo said.