Valenzuela City is ready for the full implementation of the K to 12 Program that seeks to reform and adds two school years in the current basic education curriculum, a local official from the Department of Education (DepEd) declared.
Dr. Wilfredo Cabral, superintendent of DepEd Division of City Schools in Valenzuela City (DCS-V), even commended Valenzuela City government for collaborating with the education department in the construction of classrooms as well as the hiring of new teachers.
Cabral noted these and other efforts are very crucial to help public high schools in accommodating the first batch of students who will undergo the senior high school (SHS) program.
“Talagang handang-handa na ang Valenzuela City sa pagdating ng mga senior high school student since we already have a concrete plan and enough groundwork to address the demand for new classrooms and teachers,” Cabral explained.
“Underway na rin ang training of instructors and formulation of specialized textbooks for incoming senior high school students in public schools with the help of city government,” he added.
In a report released earlier in April, DCS-V said there will be an estimate of 10,097 incoming SHS students, who will be attending public high schools in Valenzuela City for next school year 2016–2017.
Cabral assured that 81 percent or about 8,146 of the total number of incoming Grade 11 students will be accommodated to use the 193 additional classrooms, which are expected to be completed by February 2016.
The construction of the new classrooms will result in a 1:40 classroom-student ratio under a single-shift classroom scheme, the local DepEd division chief clarified.
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He also added that they will hire and train at least 523 teachers to teach in the two additional years of high school curriculum. (Tim Alcantara)