By RALPH JOHN MIJARES
ROXAS City — The Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Roxas City will launch the Open High School Program (OHSP) at the Tanque National High School (TNHS) in June.
The OHSP is one of the alternative modes of secondary education under DepEd’s Dropout Reduction Program. It gives a chance to those who want to complete high school outside of the formal school structure.
According to DepEd, the OHSP is for learners who are unable to attend regular classes due to physical impairment, work, financial difficulty and distance from home to school, among other reasons.
With distance learning as the program’s main feature, students are given modules of lessons and tests to study and answer, respectively, by themselves.
Qualified to enroll in the program are those who demonstrate a capacity for independent learning and are willing to undertake self-directed learning, the DepEd said.
OHSP enrollees are required to submit either a high school report card (for high school dropouts) or an elementary report card (for high school entrants), and/or a Philippine Educational Placement Test, or PEPT, qualifying certificate.
They should register at the TNHS, which was chosen as the host school due to its accessibility, said Dr. Nerissa Resente, public schools district supervisor of District I.
Resente said the OHSP may be launched in other school once the need arises. She also emphasized that the program is for free.
Parents, teachers, benefactors, students and everyone involved in the OHSP will be oriented on the program mechanics, said Dr. Divina Borbon, education program supervisor for Alternative Learning System and OHSP co-chairperson.
OHSP chairperson, Acting City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Miguel Mac Aposin, is enthusiastic that the program will be realized to help less fortunate learners finish secondary school and reduce the dropout rate in this city./PN