The University of St. La Salle in Bacolod is gearing up for the full implementation of the K+12 program of the Department of Education that aims to equip Filipino students for joining overseas universities at the undergraduate level.
USLS president Ray Suplido said that, although the K+12 program is expected to go full blast by 2016 yet, they have already started to adopt a grade 11 level in their Integrated School.
Suplido said that once the K+12 program is already in full implementation, grades 11 and 12 of USLS will focus on academic, technological and vocational education livelihood programs.
He said there will also be qualification enhancements for teachers because the Department of Education requires that those who will teach in grades 11 and 12 should have masters’ degrees.
Suplido added that no additional teachers will be hired and they will just utilize those now teaching in the first year college level, as by the time the K+12 is implemented, enrollment for incoming freshmen students will be temporarily suspended.
To present the plans of USLS, a forum was conducted at the Sanctuario de La Salle yesterday attended by students, teachers, partner schools of the university and other stake holders.
Suplido noted that once the implementation of the K+12 program is in full blast, there will be an increase in tuition fee that will be used to build new facilities, although the students' tuition will be categorized based on their family income.*APN