PMA not worried over vacuum of high school graduates PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:45

By R.G ANTONET GO

Officials of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) are not worried over a vacuum of high school graduates who will take the PMA entrance examination as K to 12 is being implemented by the Department of Education.

“Nakikita natin parang magkakaroon ng vacuum but we are not worried of that. Marami pa tayong pagkukunan ng aplikante for the PMA exam yung mga grumaduate earlier at yung mga nasa college basta pasok lang sa age requirement,” spokesperson, PMA entrance examination Zamboanga City, Lt. Col. Agnes Flores said in an interview.

She explained that in the K to 12, the only effect is the existing curriculum. PMA has to develop or redesign their curriculum to fit these senior high school graduates.

Flores is also inviting the youth to take the PMA entrance examination which is the first step in entering the academy scheduled on August 21 at Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology.

Requirements for admission to the PMA are the following: Natural-born Filipino citizen; Minimum 5 feet for both male and female; Physically fit and of good moral character; Single and has never been married; High school graduate. Those who graduated on or before 2015, prior to the implementation of K-12, are eligible to apply. No administrative/criminal case, must pass the entrance PMA examination, and should have been born from April 01, 1995 to April 01, 2000.

The successful applicants will compose the PMA Class 2021 who will be officially received in the academy in an oath-taking ceremony and reception rites on April 01, 2017.

Cadets in the academy are being prepared academically to include military training to prepare them to  become future officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“Ito ay scholarship pag aaralin ng libre ang mga nakapasa. Magkakaroon sila ng regular na medical and dental checkup at ang binibigay nating pagsasanay sa PMA ay total development,” Flores said.

After graduation of the cadets, they will be immediately commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the field they choose either Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy, or Philippine Army.  — R.G. A A. Go