A least 20 secondary schools, nationwide, have been identified to participate in the Senior High School Modeling Program (SHSMP) of the Department of Education (DepEd), wherein three of them are located in Region 10.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the SHSMP is a research and development (R&D) activity where some designs and strategies will be tried out by the identified model schools before the projected nationwide implementation of the SHS in School Year (SY) 2016-2017.

As such, the model schools are given the flexibility to innovate and develop their own curriculum based on the needs of students and demands of the local industries, design their instructional materials and explore and experiment varied teaching-learning strategies suited to their students and learning environment.

The school modeling starts in June 2012 for the 20 selected model high schools in Grade 11, whose enrollees are the Grade 10 or 4th year high school completers of SY 2011-2012, and whose inputs will be evaluated and adapted in the implementation of the SHS Program.

The SHSMP aims to introduce and prepare the concerned model school for the implementation of Grade 11 and 12 through the provision of appropriate interventions, e.g., training of teachers, and provision of support facilities and instructional materials.

It also aims to generate actual learning experience of the different SHSMP participating secondary schools in order to come up with different modalities as vital inputs in the SHS implementation.

Particularly, the SHS involves the introduction of the additional two years, Grade 11 and 12, with technological-vocational and general curriculum as part of the K to 12 basic education program, in close coordination with the Commission on Higher Education and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

One of the purposes of the K to 12 is the need to address the issue on mismatch of competencies and the job requirements of industries and the business sector.Thus, K to 12 ultimately seeks to prepare the students for their entry to higher education and equip them with relevant and globally competitive skills, which will foster employability and entrepreneurship or techno-entrepreneurship.

Dr. Luz Almeda, Regional Director of DepEd-10 said the model SHS are selected based on the following criteria: has an established post-secondary education, has a strong school-local industry partnership, and has graduates that are prioritized by the neighboring/local industries for employment.

It has also available functional workshop laboratories with qualified teachers and established linkages with local colleges/higher education institutions for possible recognition of subject units taken in SHS, if and when the student chooses to continue academic advancement.

Almeda said the three SHS modeling schools in region 10, are the Opol National School of Arts and Trade in Opol, Misamis Oriental, Iligan City National School of Fisheries in Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon National High School in Malaybalay City in Bukidnon.

The other schools are Tagum National Trade School in Tagum City, Region 11, Bukig National Agricultural and Technical School, Region 2,: Angeles City National Trade School, Balagtas National Agricultural High School and Bataan School of Fisheries, Region 3; San Pedro Relocation Comprehensive High School and Pinagtulongan National High School in Batangas, Region 4-A and Rizal Experimental Station and Pilot School for Cottage Industries and Claret, Xavier, PNU Laboratory School and La Salle High Schools in Quezon Cit, National Capital Region; Do?a Monserat Lopez Memorial High School, Bacolod National High School and Dingle Farm School, Region 6; and Subang-Daku Technological-Vocational High School in Mandaue City, Region 7.

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