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DepEd creates task force to review SHS program

The Department of Education (DepEd) organized a national task force that would review the implementation of the senior high school (SHS) program.

Based on a memorandum signed by DepEd Undersecretary Gina Gonong dated May 11, the task force was created “to address the emerging challenges in the implementation of the SHS program in both DepEd and non-DepEd schools.”

The task force was to submit a report of its accomplishments and outputs to Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte, through the Undersecretaries of the Curriculum and Teaching and Operation Strands, on or before May 12, 2024.

Among the task force's responsibilities was to review existing program policies “to ensure consistency, responsiveness, and relevance” to the needs of the learners and stakeholders; and strengthen engagement with private sectors and various industries at the national and regional levels to improve SHS employability.

It was also expected to develop policies and plans based on the program implementation review results and in anticipation of its future needs; and coordinate with relevant offices like state universities and colleges, and public and private schools, to develop an SHS database that includes policies, program offerings, and private school data.

“As the nation strives for economic recovery and growth, it is becoming increasingly important for SHS graduates to have greater access to employment, entrepreneurship, advanced education, and training,” the memorandum read.

Last January, Duterte said the DepEd was set to revise the K to 12 curriculum in a bid to produce more job-ready and responsible graduates.

DepEd said the task force will include a Secretariat that will provide administrative support for the effective implementation of the SHS Program Standards and Support Systems “by addressing logistical concerns and convening the members of the SHS NTF when needed.”

The department also appointed the Assistant Secretary for Curriculum and Teaching, Curriculum Development, Learning Delivery, and Learning Resources as the chair of the task force, and the Assistant Secretary for Operations as its co-chair. — DVM, GMA Integrated News