K to 12 BEP campaign garners support

By: Christian Mespher A. Hernandez
Imus City dads ink MOA
OIC-SDS Dr. Lualhati O. Cadavedo, together with Cash Maghirang from the office of Usec. Rizalino Rivera, Rep. Alex Advincula, Mayor Emmanuel L. Maliksi and Board Member Ony Cantimbuhan, awards one of the fastest race finishers in Takbo para sa K to 12 on Sept. 19 at the District Mall, Daang Hari.

The massive K to 12 Basic Education Program (BEP) campaign of the Schools Division of Imus City which focused specifically on disseminating information about Senior High School (SHS) Program has received warm reception from both public and private schools, local officials, community and other stakeholders.

Anchored on the theme “Alright ang DepEd Imus City sa K to 12,” the week-long campaign from Sept. 15-19 centered on every stakeholder’s participation to ensure successful implementation of the K to 12 BEP thru different activities.

A fun run entitled “Sali Tayo: Takbo para sa K to 12” held at The District Mall, Daang Hari served as the campaign’s highlight after gathering around 5,000 participants including Rep. Alex Advincula, City Mayor Emmanuel L. Maliksi and some city officials, local companies and industries, Rotarians and other civic groups, runner groups, and other non-government organizations to run for K to 12’s cause in three categories: 3K, 5K and 10K.

The campaign week started with “Tunog K to 12: Awareness Campaign” thru a motorcade followed by “Sali Kami: Private Schools’ Marketing and Early Mapping” where 23 private schools set up booths and prepared audio-visual presentations to showcase their respective SHS course offerings to about 4,200 Grade 10 students from five public high schools and 2,300 from 13 private schools.

Also vital activities of the campaign are the “I Support: Kick-off Meeting of Stakeholders” and “Sali Ako: A call to all interested professionals to be part of SHS.”

In “I Support,” around 1,000 parents of graduating junior high school students listened to SDO’s explanation of the benefits their children will receive upon undergoing SHS while “Sali Ako” in partnership with Imus City Public Employment and Service Office (PESO) received 130 applications from interested SHS instructors.

OIC-Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Lualhati O. Cadavedo spearheaded the initiatives and assured the SDO’s commitment to deliver quality education to Imuseño learners and nurture them into becoming holistically-developed and globally-competitive 21st century citizens.

Dr. Cadavedo, however, said that forging partnerships with education stakeholders is the key and noted that “The success of the K to 12, especially SHS, does not only depend on us [DepEd] nor the parents or students. Rather, its smooth implementation will only be achieved if all sectors will come together and pledge its full support.”

Quoting Education Sec. Armin Luistro, she said the K to 12 BEP is something “we should all support” as it covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School [SHS]) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills to develop life-long learners.

The Senior High School program which will start on School Year 2016-2017 is a specialized upper secondary education where students may choose a specialization based on aptitude, interests, and school capacity.

The choice of career track will define the content of the subjects a student will take in Grades 11 and 12.

Each student in Senior High School can choose from among three tracks: Academic; Technical-Vocational-Livelihood; and Sports and Arts. The Academic track includes three strands: Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM); Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS); and Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM).

Upon graduation, learners will be equipped with information, media and technology skills; learning and innovation skills; effective communication skills; and life and career skills.

In Imus City, aside from private schools which will offer SHS, four stand-alone SHSs are currently being constructed and designed to offer different tracks and strands, namely: Gen. Juan Castañeda SHS at Anabu II-A - STEM, TVL; Gen. Flaviano Yengko SHS at Pasong Buaya II - ABM, HUMSS; Gen. Pantaleon Garcia SHS at Malagasang I-G - ABM, HUMSS, GA, TVL, Arts & Design, Sports; and Gov. Juanito Reyes Remulla SHS at Toclong II-B - ABM, HUMSS, GA, TVL.

Imus City’s K to 12 campaign can be viewed online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gpWjB4rqv8.