DAGUPAN CITY, May 13 (PNA)–Eight public secondary schools in Dagupan will offer senior high school under the K to 12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd) beginning year 2016
This was bared by Imelda Gonzales, president of the Federated Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of Dagupan who attended a national Senior High School Summit sponsored by the Australian Agency for International Development held May 5 to 6 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.
The public secondary schools to offer senior high school beginning 2016 are the Dagupan City National High School (DCNHS), Bonuan Boquig National High School, Judge Jose R. de Venecia Memorial National High School, East Central Integrated School, Carael National High School, Federico Ceralde Integrated School, Salapingao National High School and Pugaro Integrated School.
All these public secondary schools would need additional 139 classrooms, some of which are now set to be constructed shortly.
These include the three-storey 12 classrooms to be built by the city government of Dagupan for the DCNHS, two-storey eight classrooms to be built from funds donated by the Security bank, also for the DCNHS; and 24 classrooms to be built by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor).
Another 42 other classrooms are expected to be built by DepEd through the help of Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia.
Gonzales said that Education Secretary Armin Luistro has assured the remainder of the classrooms that will be needed by public high schools in Dagupan will come from his agency.
He admitted that DepEd’s budget in the 2015 general appropriations act was made bigger in anticipation of the implementation of the senior high school program.
Gonzales said that there are private schools also offering senior high school, among them the University of Pangasinan, Lyceum Northwestern University, STI and others which have yet to announce their readiness to open senior high school classes.
She said students enrolling in private schools will be entitled to SHS vouchers in the amount of P16,000 each, the amount of which will go to the private schools where they will enroll. (PNA)