THE Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) in Bacolod City will hold half-day classes for its senior high school students this coming school year due to lack of classrooms.
NOHS principal Mario Amaca, who met with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. at the Provincial Capitol Tuesday, May 23, said the construction of two school buildings with 40 classrooms for Grades 11 and 12 will not be finished in time for the start of classes on June 5.
The two buildings are only 70 percent and 40 percent completed, respectively.
He said Department of Education-Negros Island Region Director Gilbert Sadsad has approved his request to hold “double shift” classes for senior high students.
“For Grade 11, classes will be from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. for Grade 12,” Amaca said.
He said that teachers will still report eight hours a day, with six hours spent for the senior high classes while the remaining two hours will be used for the preparation of support instructional materials.
Amaca said he doesn’t know the reason for delay in the construction, but the governor already called on the Department of Public Works and Highways to fast track the works on the school buildings.
He added that the contractor assured them the construction will be completed by mid-June or July.
“We will then automatically hold whole day classes for our senior high school students,” he added.
Amaca said that NOHS is ready for the opening of classes except for the buildings for senior high school students.
NOHS has more than 7,000 students, including 5,000 in junior high (Grades 7 to 10), 1,300 in senior high (Grades 11 to 12), and more than 500 in Night Class.
Amaca said that almost 99 percent of Grade 11 students moved up to Grade 12, with most of them enrolled in both Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and Humanities and Social Sciences strands.
“Only few of them dropped out from Grade 11. The students have realized that it would take them six years, not four, to finish high school,” he added.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on May 24, 2017.
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