DepEd to conduct summer programs for slow learners PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2014 11:10

City Schools Division Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad announced Monday that the Department of Education, particularly the Zamboanga City Division Office, is now getting ready for the conduct of summer enhancement program and summer classes for slow learner and for those affected by the Zamboanga siege last September.

He said the summer enhancement program, which focuses on improving the reading comprehension skills of the pupils is intended for those who completed the required 180 days of the school calendar but showed low academic performance.

“We will be meeting this week with the parents and appeal for their support by sending their children to this program,” Natividad told the weekly press conference in City Hall Monday. He added the program’s length will depend on the need of the children.

According to him, the summer enhancement program is a must for pupils of the three schools affected by the Zamboanga siege. The program may start anytime soon, considering that the mechanics have already been prepared.

“We do not want to suffer next year from dropouts, especially those affected by the siege who may not be able to cope with the competencies,” Natividad explained.

He said another program lined up this summer break is the summer classes with special reference to slow learners and the siege victims.

He said during and after the siege, which is about six months longs, there were 5,113 baseline enrollment affected. However, of the total, only 4,509 learners have been tracked so far, thus the shortage of 619 “untracked” learners.

Natividad said efforts have been made to track the 614 learners, to no avail despite coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). However, he said of the 4,509 tracked learners only 3,295 were attending classes.

Thus, Natividad said the target for the forthcoming summer classes are those tracked learners but were not attending classes which accounts for 27% of the total.

Meanwhile, the city schools superintendent reiterated the earlier reminders of DepEd for public school officials to observe austerity in the conduct of graduation rites—now excessive spending, no extravagant uniform/attire and no extraordinary venue.

He also said graduation exercises are school-based activities, thus they are burdens of the school officials and not of the students and parents. Thus, expenses for graduation rites should be charged against the Maintenance Operating and Other Expenses (MOOE) of the schools.

“No graduation fee shall be collected, but if ever there is any it should be the desire of and voluntary on the parents,” Natividad stressed.— Vic Larato