MANILA – In partnership with local government units and their respective Department of Education – Schools Division Offices (DepEd-SDO), Edukasyon.ph held the largest pocket senior high fairs across Metro Manila this March helping more than 20,000 students choose the right senior high track and discover education opportunities from various public and private senior high schools where students could inquire or apply.
“This is one of the most creative ways of bringing students to the world of education. This is now widening their knowledge of the choices that they are going to take as senior high school students,” DepEd-Pasay Superintendent Dr. Evangeline Ladines said during the opening program of the Pasay leg of the Edukasyon.ph Senior High School Fair.
“Mahalaga na binibigyan namin [ang mga estudyante] ng pagkakataon na magkaroon ng choice. Desisyon [nila] ngayon ang magsasabi kung ano ang magiging future [nila] (It is important that we are giving the students a chance to have a choice. Their decision now would define their future),” she added.
The pocket senior high fairs were held in Muntinlupa, Pasay, Manila, Quezon City, and Makati. The fairs underscored the importance of empowering students to become better informed before choosing their track and offering them a better understanding of the educational opportunities available to them.
Meanwhile, DepEd-Pasay Chief Education Program Supervisor Irene Tonel maintained that this activity addressed the gaps that the first year implementation of the senior high program faced last year. “This senior high career program aims to assist the students to get scholarships online [and] help [the students] decide kung itong napiling track ay yun na ba talaga para sa [kanila] (if their chosen track is right for them).”
“In the first year of implementation, eto na yung mga problema na nakita namin. May mga batang nagkamali ng pinili sa mga track and strands. ‘Yung iba tumigil, hindi na nakaya. Sabi nga, kulang siguro yung advocacy campaign or career program to assist the students on the right track and strands that they will enroll for senior high school,” she further commented.
DepEd-Muntinlupa Officer-in-Charge Dr. Mauro Gulan also urged students to take the Grade 10 program seriously as their experiences would reflect the efficiency and effectiveness of the senior high program. “The success of your future is also the success of DepEd and the entire nation. Ang gusto ng gobyerno ay walang graduate na walang trabaho (Our government wants to ensure that there are no graduates that do not have a job),” he said.
The pocket senior high fairs aim to provide a venue for students and parents to discover senior high tracks leading to their chosen career pathways; inquire to senior high schools; and apply to these schools using the Edukasyon.ph online platform. As the second year of the K-12 program rolls out, these topics are expected to be increasingly relevant for incoming Grade 11 students.
Empowering students with career information and education opportunities
The highlight of this event included career talks delivered by resource speakers who discussed the four senior high tracks and the various careers these tracks can lead to.
“Our objective is very simple. We want all students to have a clear and better idea of what they want to do in senior high school – whether it is what track they are going to take or what school they choose to attend,” Edukasyon.ph founder and Chief Executive Officer Henry Motte-Muñoz said.
“We want them to make the right choice, not just by themselves, not just by instinct, but with all the information they can gather in the fair. We want them to understand what track or strand will lead to the career they want,” he added. “The way they are going to choose their senior high track will impact the path they will take after senior high school – whether it’s kolehiyo, trabaho, o negosyo.”
Last February 27-28, the first leg of the senior high fair was held in Muntinlupa in partnership with the Muntinlupa City Government and the local DepEd-SDO. Over 5,000 junior high school students attended and more than 3,000 of them applied or inquired to their future schools at the event.
This was followed by another senior high fair held in Pasay City last March 15 in partnership with the Pasay City Government and their local DepEd-SDO. This was attended by over 2,000 students from 8 local junior high schools.
The latest senior high fair was held last March 20-23 in Manila where over 8,000 students participated from more than 20 local junior high schools. This was also in partnership with the Manila City Government and their local DepEd-SDO.
Meanwhile, school and career clinics were held throughout Quezon City. Over 600 students joined the Culiat High School, Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School fairs last March 21; followed by Sauyo High School last March 28 with 400 students; and Ismael Mathay High School last March 29 with 600 students.
Edukasyon.ph also participated in the Makati High School Fair last March 30 and 31. More Quezon City students joined the career clinics that were held in San Francisco High School and Tandang Sora High School last March 30 as well as New Era High School and Commonwealth High School last March 31.
These events were made possible with the help of SMART Communications, ASUS Philippines, Jollibee, Grab, and Lazada.com.ph.
“This series of free senior high fairs is part of our initiatives to gather many senior high schools in one place in order to offer a range of choice to students of Metro Manila. Along with our partners, we bring the students closer to education opportunities and scholarships that would help prepare them for their dream career,” Motte-Muñoz said.
“Students are able to apply online directly, and for free, to the courses and schools of their choice in a matter of minutes, on any device,” he added.