DEpEd says private schools allowed to offer Senior High School in 2014

DepEd Secretary Br Armin Luistro confirmed this in his speech at the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) seminar at the Yuchengco Hall of De La Salle University along Taft Ave. in reply to queries from learning institutions that attended the three–day training for educators.

Luistro clarified that SHS before 2016 is voluntary for qualified students and schools all over the country.

The full and nationwide implementation of SHS is scheduled in 2016 for Grade 11 and 2017 for Grade 12-and- beyond for academic and job competency of students finishing their secondary education. .

”Yes, you may begin offering Grades 11-12 starting this year or 2015. By 2016, the earliest batch of Grade 12 graduates will qualify to take the new General Education (GE)curriculum in colleges and universities. Your HEIs must be ready to accommodate these students in SY 2016 or 2017,” said Luistro.

He explained that requirements will differ based on whether a particular school has been previously recognized by DepEd, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) or Technical Educational and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Those applying for provisional permits must submit applications via email to K to 12@deped.gov.ph on or before April 15 for speedier processing.

Luistro made it clear that schools should expect an on-site validation (e.g. facilities verification) from the DepEd Regional or School Division Office.

Qualified schools will get their provisional permits within the year.

“Schools may apply as a network or as a consortium. DepEd may give curriculum approval for the network or consortium, but validation of readiness and capabilities will be per campus or site,” Lusitro said. (PNA)

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