House approves bill establishing open high school system

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Photo credit: wikipedia.org Photo credit: wikipedia.org[/caption] Pangasinan representative Kimi Cojuangco, author of the bill and chairperson of the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, said the measure will ensure the accessibility of education services to all Filipino citizens in its various modalities including out-of-school study programs for primary and secondary levels, particularly those that respond to community needs, promoting further the welfare of the nation. “The measure will provide equal opportunity for adults and children of high school age who are out of school to avail of free open high school education through the distance learning modality,” Cojuangco said. The main authors of House Bill 4085, to be known as the Open High School System Act are Mandaluyong representative Neptali Gonzales II and Quezon City representative Winston Castelo. Gonzales said an Open High School System (OHSS) is a system of delivering educational services to high school students utilizing print, radio, television and computer-based communications, satellite broadcasting, teleconferencing, and other multi-media learning and teaching technologies that allow students to study on their own without having to regularly attend classes in conventional classrooms. The measure will establish an OHS as part of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) alternative secondary education program. Under the bill, all youths and adults who have finished elementary education as well as high school qualifiers under the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) are covered by the proposed system. The measure shall adopt the National Secondary Education Curriculum (NSEC) using the Philippine Secondary Schools Learning Competencies (PSSC). Recruited teachers and support personnel in the OHSS shall receive incentives, monetary compensation, honoraria and would be trained in relevant programs. The DepEd, the UP-Open Educational System and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are encourage to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that specifies their respective roles to ensure maximum cooperation and success in the operation of the OHSS. Also, private education institutions are encourage to establish their own privately-funded distance learning centers following standards and criteria, subject to approval of the DepEd. ]]>

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