By: Eduard James Banais.
With the imminent full implementation of the K-12 program, the administration of Hercor College is expectant and preparing for the drop in enrollees for the tertiary level this opening, June 2017.
“Manubo guid kami sa total number of students this year according to the projections,” said Lerry Basamot, Vice President for Administration.
The Philippines is the last country in Asia and one of only three countries worldwide with a 10-year pre-university cycle (Angola and Djibouti are the other two) hence instigating the government to implement the 12-year basic education program.
The implementation has been met by difficulties of both basic education providers as well as higher education institutions.
For Hercor College, Basamot told The Sentinel that the projections done for next academic year foresee the College of Education (CoEd) having the lowest number of entrants as the also had the lowest for this academic year.
But even during the administration of the late Jose Hernandez, the school administration has already anticipated the effect of the K-12 program to the number of students entering Hercor.
“Since last year, nabatyagan ta na ang epekto sang K-12,” said Sheila Alba, Vice President for Student Affairs.
The rollout of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) program in the previous years have propelled the school to be stout amidst the unanticipated changes it may bring.
“Most of our enrollees we have this academic year are those who continued their education para hindi sila abutan sang program,” she added.
In an interview with The Sentinel during the opening of classes, school president Maria Cristina Hernandez Syching assured that the preparations are well on the way for the full K-12 rollout.
“The Admin and members of the different departments are already preparing for the incoming summer and term and next school year, given the ripple effect set by the K12 program,” she said.
On student programs
Due to the full rollout, the administration braces changes on student programs due to the peaking of students in the Senior High School and the dwindling of the students in college.
“Amo pa ni ang i-tackle namon with the Board this coming summer for the strategic planning para sa college and high school,” stated Mark Anthony Durana, Student Activities and Organizations Officer.
In terms of activities, the administration wishes to be more inclusive since there have been feedback that the SHS wasn’t included much in the activities this year.
“We will make sure that every department has equal footing in whatever activity the school might come up with,” Durana added.