115,000 to graduate from public schools in Cordillera

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BAGUIO CITY  – More than one hundred fifteen thousand pupils and students will be completing their achieved ladder in the country’s basic education and will be conferred their completed levels.

Bettina Daytec-Aquino, assistant regional director of the Cordillera office of the Department of Education (DepEd-CAR), said that some 33,630 pupils will be completing their kindergarten while 34,373 pupils will be graduating from Grade VI.

She added that there are also some 22,254 students who will be moving up from junior high school while some 12,273 students will be graduating from senior high school from the public schools aside from the over 13,000 students who will be graduating from senior high schools who opted to enrol in the private schools.

The DepEd-CAR official explained that for those who completed kindergarten and junior high school, the appropriate ceremonies that will be accorded them will be moving up rites while those who will complete their Grade VI and senior high school will be accorded graduation ceremonies.

However, she explained that for those who will be graduating from Grade VI, they will only be issued the coveted certificate while those who will be graduating from senior high school will be issued their much desired diploma.

‘We would like to reiterate the earlier directive from our higher authorities that school officials must ensure that the moving up and graduation ceremonies in their schools should be kept simple and it should not be turned into a political forum,” Aquino stressed.

Earlier, the education department issued a directive that moving up and graduation ceremonies in public schools around the country should be held not earlier than April 1, but not later than April 5, 2019 which will signal the end of schoolyear 2018-2019.

For schoolyear 2019-202, the DepEd-CAR recorded some 92,700 pupils and students who will be entering the different levels of the basic education in the different parts of the region by June as gathered from the early registration conducted for the purpose of ascertaining the number of pupils and students who will be going to school.

Aquino disclosed there will be some 23,621 pupils entering kindergarten, some 33,085 will be entering Grade I, approximately 23,282 students will be entering Grade VII while some 12,712 students who will be going to Grade 11 in the pubic schools.

She pointed out that the education department is currently preparing its own tracking system on the senior high school graduates to ascertain whether they chose to pursue college, go to work or do business based on the tracks they completed to serve as a basis in the formulation of programs, projects and activities to further improve the country’s 12-year basic education system to catch up with the education system of developed countries.

During the summer break, she said that teachers will be undergoing the needed updating trainings on the latest trends in their fields for improving their teaching methods in the coming schoolyear. By Dexter A. See

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