January 12, 2017 01:26 AM
By: Dr. Rex Casiple
THE OPENING of classes in the tertiary level for AY 2016-2017 started on June 6, 2016 or not later than June 27, 2016.
The initial implementation of K-12 program and the creation of the Negros Island Region (NIR) reduced the enrolment in college in the Region by at least one-fourth of the total enrolment last AY 2015-2016.
Some colleges and universities in the country opted to accept incoming freshmen students who graduated in high school but stopped schooling and those who decided to shift courses. Students were advised to take courses in demand in the next five (5) years.
Furthermore, students entering the Senior High School (SHS) were likewise advised to take SHS track leading to courses in demand in the next five (5) to seven (7) years.
CHED has released the list of in-demand college courses for AY 2014-2015 to AY 2017-2018; Agriculture and Related fields; Engineering; Science and Math; Information Technology; Teacher Education; Health Sciences; Arts and Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Business Administration and Related courses; Architecture; Maritime; and Communication.
On the other hand, there was a significant increase of enrolment in basic education come the opening of Grade 11 in both public and private secondary schools. The Department of Education (DepEd) dealt with various issues and concerns, such as, lack of classrooms, lack of physical facilities, teachers’ shortage and lack of text books.
The Iloilo City government obtained the recognition of the Iloilo City Community College (ICCC) from the CHED. This is another milestone in the history of Iloilo City and a legacy of the Iloilo City government in fighting against poverty through education.
The ICCC is the first local college in Western Visayas to be recognized by the CHED through a Commission en banc (ceb) Resolution. Iloilo City has a lot of potential for growth being considered as the educational hub of Western Visayas.
Iloilo City has 28 public and private colleges and universities. Four of these are adjudged in 2016 as CHED Centers of Excellence (COE) and Centers of Development (COD) in various programs.
In 2016, CHED identified hundreds of Centers of Excellence (COEs) and Centers of Development (CODs) nationwide in priority program areas needed for the development of world-class scholarship, nation building and national development.
In Western Visayas Region, the designated COEs are Central Philippine University (Agriculture and Business Administration), UP-Visayas (Fisheries) and West Visayas State University (Teacher Education).
The designated CODs are Central Philippine University (Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Teacher Education), Aklan State University (Agriculture), Iloilo State College of Fisheries (Fisheries), West Visayas State University – Lambunao Campus (Forestry), West Visayas State University (Nursing), University of San Agustin (Teacher Education) and ISAT University (Teacher Education).
The designation of these COEs/CODs is valid until December 31, 2018. They may avail of financial assistance on a project proposal basis geared towards the development or improvement of the programs in their respective Region.
The budget for Education in the country is one of the lowest in the world. However, the approval of significant increase of budget in education in the last 3 years was a good start for the government to invest in quality education.
This will fund the construction of new classrooms, distribution of over a million seats nationwide, building of water and sanitation facilities, procurement of millions of new textbooks, regularization of kindergarten volunteer teachers among others.
(To be continued)