Senior HS curriculum must be further developed by teacher-implementors — DepEd Usec Ocampo

February 20, 2014 11:34 am 

By Lily O Ramos

MANILA, Feb. 19 (PNA)— Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary for Programs and Projects Dina Ocampo recently told a nationwide teachers’ gathering at Teachers Camp in Baguio’s workshop that the Senior High School (SHS) curriculum is something that needs further development by those in the field.

“The best curricula are the ones that are contextualized by teachers implementing it. What we’re presenting now is the ‘intended’ curriculum,” Ocampo said, adding that the regional offices were expected to adapt the curriculum to their learners.

SHS (Grades 11 and 12) is divided into four tracks: technical-vocational, academic, sports, and arts & design, which would help prepare graduates for higher education, entrepreneurship, further middle skills development, or work.

All tracks contain a core curriculum that would enable graduates to pursue tertiary education should they wish.

Ocampo emphasized on the technical-vocational track, saying, “We’re not‘technotializing’ education, we’re adding tech-voc to high school.

"We’re not graduating dressmakers and car mechanics; we’re developing lifelong learners with critical and technical skills.”

She also echoed Education Secretary Br Armin Luistro’s previous call for private schools to establish SHS programs that will help develop their own locales.

According to Ocampo, “We want to educate children so they can find or create meaningful opportunities where they are. In establishing senior high schools, she reminded DepEd regional offices to consider economic data as well. Look at the emerging industries in your area and see what SHS tracks fit best.”

On the other hand , Rizalino Rivera, Undersecretary for Regional Operations added that “As we approach 2016 we need to make sure that everyone in DepEd is on the same page said.

"While DepEd field offices have already been preparing since last year, it was necessary to share ideas and best practices." (PNA)

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