STRATEGIES, PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS TO ENHANCE ACCESS
A. MULTI–GRADE PROGRAM
Driven by the need for teachers and the necessity to offer quality education to pupils in areas where there are fewer pupils to organize, the scheme on multi-grade and combination classes is used. The following are the schools and school districts that have existing multi-grade or combination classes:
In order to upgrade and enhance multi-grade teaching and learning process of children in far-flung barangays, there were 3 participants from General Santos City Division who participated in the National Training of Trainers on Multi – Grade Instruction for Mindanao Cluster which was held on August 17 – 28, 2008 at Apo View Hotel,
B. ARABIC LANGUAGE AND ISLAMIC VALUES EDUCATION (ALIVE)
It is the target of the Division of General Santos City to increase the number of ALIVE Centers by 50%, which are established and equipped with instructional materials, by June 2010.
To provide access to quality education, the DepED facilitated the establishment of Public Islamic Schools that are authentic and appropriate for the Muslim population. The aim is to prepare generations of learned and intellectual Muslims imbued with Islamic Values who are spiritually prepared to serve the people and the country as a whole. ALIVE offers Islamic Curriculum, which includes the various teachings of Islam as a way of life. It uses the Arabic language as the medium of instruction.
The Division received sixteen (16) nationally funded Madrasah items as of July 31, 2009. There were 51 ALIVE teachers paid on honorarium basis of Five Thousand Pesos per month, shared by the DepED and Special Education Fund (SEF) of the Local Government of General Santos City, who were deployed to 25 elementary schools and 1 secondary school.
C. OPEN HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM / 2010 SECONDARY EDUCATION CURRICULUM
The Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) designed the Open High School System (OHSS) as an alternative delivery mode of secondary education. The OHSP is an alternative mode of secondary education that uses distance learning. It caters to learners who are unable to attend the regular class program due to physical impairment, work, financial difficulties, distance of home to school, and other justifiable and legitimate reasons.
The program, therefore, is in consonance with the Education for All (EFA) goal of making every Filipino functionally literate by 2015. Its philosophy is based on the provision of Batasang Pambansa (BP) 232 or the Education Act of 1982” The state shall provide the right of every individual to relevant quality education regardless of sex, age, creed, socio-economic status, physical and mental conditions, racial or ethnic origin, political and other affiliation.”
Since distance learning is its mains feature, the program requires that the learner is capable of managing his/her learning.
The following secondary schools are now implementing the OHSS: New Society National High School (NSNHS) and Irineo L. Santiago National High School of Metro Dadiangas (ILSNHSMD).
1. Provides opportunity to all elementary graduates, high school drop-outs, and successful examinees of all the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to complete secondary education;
2. Prevents potential school leavers and encourages those who are out of school to finish secondary education;
3. Reduces high school drop-outs and increases participation rate; and
4. Increase achievement rate through quality distance education.
Note: 2009-2010, the Division Open High School Enrollment increased by 297 students or by 71.39% as shown from the above table.
D. NIGHT CLASSES
Night classes start from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM, Mondays to Fridays and whole-day Saturdays, at Lagao National High School (LNHS) and Irineo L. Santiago National High School of Metro Dadiangas (ILSNHSMD), and are offered to employed and self-employed students so they can finish secondary education.
E. SHIFTING OF CLASSES
General Santos City High School (GSCHS) employed the double (2) shifting of classes due to heavy turnout of enrollment, offering the Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) Special Program for Sports and Special Sciences Curricula. Other big elementary and secondary schools employ double shifting while most schools are on single shifting of classes.
F. ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SYSTEM (ALS)
PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS for CY 2008
The Non Formal Alternative Learning System was developed to address the needs of the out-of-school children (OSC), out-of-school youths (OSY) and adults who are unable to avail of the educational opportunities of the formal school system. ALS has three (3) major programs such as:
1. Basic Literacy Program (BLP)
This program was developed to combat the illiteracy problem of the country. Clientele to this program are the OSC, OSY and adults who are illiterate.
2. Functional Literacy Program
This program caters to the basic literacy completers. It enhances the basic skills of the learners by engaging in livelihood projects on small business scale, thus improving their family income. In order to function effectively as Filipino citizens in the modern society, OSC, OSY and adults need to develop their critical thinking and reasoning abilities in order to understand better the problems of their daily lives. Romana Acharon ES is the BEAM Pilot school of this skills training which has been duly accredited by TESDA.
3. Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) ProgramContinuing Education Program was developed for many OSC, OSY and adults who have achieved literacy skills and want to continue learning but are unable to enter or return to formal education system.
The Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Program is envisioned to provide an alternative means of certification of learning to those Filipinos aged 15 years old and who are unable to avail of the formal school system, or who have dropped out of the formal elementary or secondary education. This certification is parallel or comparable to the formal system. Passing the National A & E test enables the learners to proceed to the next level of education.
4. BALIK–PAARALAN PARA SA OUT-OF-SCHOOL AND ADULTS (BPOSA)
BPOSA is a certificate program offered to those who wish to earn an equivalent high school diploma. It is a non-formal education program for the secondary level delivered in public secondary schools by secondary school teachers serving as Instructional Managers (IMs). Each IM organizes a learning group of 25 learners. Multiple entry and exit of learners in this program is allowed. Thus, when a learner leaves the program, another maybe taken so there will always be 25 learners per learning group at all times. Beginning this school year,
COMMUNITY IMMERSION / KUMUSTAHAN SA BARANGAY
Community Immersion or Kumustahan sa Barangay was fully implemented in this Division as a means of communicating to the parents, at the same time recruit learners, for the Accreditation and Equivalency Program offered by the DepED ALS.
At least one or two barangays in every district was visited/immersed by all ALS implementers from the mobile teachers, DALSCs and ALS Supervisors.
All barangay officials and purok chairpersons were mobilized during the activity. The purok chairperson serves as the guide in the immersion and barangay captains accepted and challenged the newly recruited learners. They committed their financial assistance.
To reach out the most distant disadvantaged and underserved communities is a very noble and fulfilling mission of the DepED General Santos City Division ALS.
LITERACY WEEK CELEBRATIONGeneral Santos City DepED Alternative Learning System (ALS) celebrated its Literacy Week last October 10, 2008 with the theme “Functional Literacy Towards a Sustainable Future” at the Division Office Compound, this City, and was participated by the eight(8) districts, barangay officials, DepED ALS Implementers, stakeholders and the learners.
This activity was for fun where the stakeholders and barangay officials displayed their unselfish time and financial support to the ALS learners and implementers. The learners enjoyed the activities and the DepED ALS family expressed their gratitude for the support of the Schools Division Superintendent, Division Supervisors, Principals, stakeholders and barangay officials, particularly, Hon. City Councilor Margareth Rose N. Santos, Chairman of the Education Committee, who graced the affair.
A. SPED CLASSES
By June 2009, exceptional children/disadvantaged have access to inclusive classes in Elementary and Secondary Schools with enrolment of 1,000.
The DepEd GSC in coordination with the Office of the City Mayor through its Shelter Health Education Environment Program (SHEEP) conducted a three-day orientation on Special Education Program at Dadiangas South Central Elementary School (DSCES), November 7-9, 2008. This is in pursuance to DECS Order No. 26, s. 1997 that mandates the institutionalization of the SPED Program in all elementary schools nationwide.
The seminar aimed to provide the administrators with the policies and guidelines implementing the SPED program and the mechanisms necessary for its implementation. Aside from lectures, a field visit to the SPED Center of the city opened the eyes of the school heads to the real world of special education. A showcase of songs, dances, and group recitals during the welcome program proved the special children’s acquired knowledge and skills from the school.
The 1st Regional SPED