The “Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013″ establishes the new K-12 Basic Education Program of the Philippines. The act declares:
It is the “policy of the State that every graduate of basic education shall be an empowered individual who has learned, through a program that is rooted on sound educational principles and geared towards excellence, the foundations for learning throughout life, the competence to engage in work and be productive, the ability to coexist in fruitful harmony with local and global communities, the capability to engage in autonomous, creative, and critical thinking, and the capacity and willingness to transform others and one’s self.
For this purpose, the State shall create a functional basic education system that will develop productive and responsible citizens equipped with the essential competencies, skills and values for both life-long learning and employment.”
The Act adds two years, Grade 11 and 12, to the current National Secondary Education Program. The 12-year basic education is anchored on the Bologna Accord which requires 12 years of education for university admission and practice of one’s profession in European countries, and the Washington Accord which prescribes 12 years of basic education as an entry to recognition of engineering professionals (Department of Education, 2010).
In the wake of ASEAN 2015, which envisions the coming together of ASEAN countries as one, borderless economic community by 2015, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and other government agencies have identified a number of priority areas to help address the need to increase human resource development, and research and development activities in preparation for 2015 (see e.g. NRCP, 2011; Villacorta, 2012). Science and technology are seen by government as important vehicles that can support the thrust to achieve a Philippine economy that is globally competitive and collaborative. Educational and professional qualifications will need to meet standards set with our Asian neighbors and by the rest of the world.
In anticipation of these changes in October 2011, the PSHS Board of Trustees (BOT) instructed the PSHS System Executive Director, Dr. Josette T. Biyo to take steps towards preparing a 6-year curriculum for PSHS in response to the K to 12 Basic Education Program of the government. Thus, development of the new 6-year PSHS Curriculum began.
Curriculum development commenced with the creation of the PSHS Curriculum Review Committee in October 2011. Initial discussions focused on the curriculum framework, and through consultations with various stakeholders, the PSHS Executive Committee and the Curriculum Review Committee drafted the 6-Year Curriculum Framework. A series of curriculum write-shops particularly for Grades 7 and 8 were also held. The participants included the Executive Committee, Curriculum Committee, faculty, curriculum and subject experts. The policy on Alternative Learning Activities was also drafted to supplement the proposed curriculum. In May 2012, the Board of Trustees approved the 6-Year Curriculum Framework and the revised Grade 7 Curriculum in connection with the implementation of the K to 12 Program, and was subsequently implemented in the school year 2012-2013.
Teacher training and workshops for the preparation of instructional materials for the new curriculum continues up to this day. In the conduct of the curriculum workshops, external curriculum and subject area experts (some of whom are PSHS alumni) were invited to guide the PSHS teachers and to critique their work. The Campus Directors regularly joined the workshops to provide direction to the teacher-participants.
In 2012, the Campus Directors and key officials of the Office of the Executive Director visited science-oriented schools in Taiwan and Korea for curriculum benchmarking purposes. They also attended a 4-week leadership and education program at Queensland University of Technology in Australia in 2013. As an offshoot of the training program, a team of seven campus directors and OED staff attended the Strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the Philippine Education System from April to May 2014 in Australia. The team worked on the improvement of the 6-year curriculum with the assistance of Australian experts and through benchmarking with schools. The Australian Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Program significantly influenced the PSHS Curriculum.
The 6-Year PSHS Curriculum
The 6-Year PSHS Curriculum describes what scholars should learn as they progress through their six years of schooling. It sets out essential knowledge, understanding, skills and capabilities that prepare students to be successful in an Science and Technology (S&T) career.
The aim of the PSHS Curriculum is to nurture scholars to become holistic individuals who are humanistic in spirit, global in perspective, patriotic in orientation, and well-prepared to pursue a STEM career which will contribute to nation-building. Through a program that is rooted in sound educational principles and geared towards excellence, it is anticipated that PSHS graduates are empowered 21st century learners with general capabilities that will prepare them to confidently pursue STEM courses as well as to become active and informed global citizens.
PSHS scholars are expected to learn the foundations for life-long learning; to develop the competence to engage in work and be productive; to gain the ability to coexist in fruitful harmony with local and global communities; to engage in critical and creative thinking; and to transform oneself and others in becoming agents of change for the betterment of society.
The general capabilities encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviors and dispositions that, together with curriculum content in various subjects, and the values they embrace, will assist scholars to be holistically-developed, globally oriented, and well-prepared to pursue STEM careers, and contribute to nation-building.
Figure 1 encapsulates the 6-Year PSHS Curriculum. It describes the core components of the curriculum namely: learner profile, general capabilities, and academic and co-curricular programs. Figure 2: PSHS 6-year Subject Matrix shows the updated subject matrix.
Two scholars prevail in monthly finals
By Sheena May B. Briagas
After their rousing victory in the weekly finals on Oct. 30, two students from the Philippine Science High School – Bicol Region Campus dominated the monthly finals of the Memo Plus Gold IQ Challenge 2010: The Quest for Bicol’s Best Quizzers at the LCC Mall Activity Center, Naga City, November20.
Said students were Christoper Jan Landicho and Kenneth Anthony Roquid, third- and fourth-year students, respectively, and were coached by Mathematics teacher Mr. Arniel Bare.
The duo posted 31 points to defeat St. Louise de Marillac School of Pili with 23 points and Milaor High School, which had 17 points.
The monthly finals win earned for the duo the chance to compete in the semifinals on February 14, 2011. A semifinal win will bring the team to the grand finals on February 19, 2011.
Started on October 2, the educational quiz show is sponsored by the People’s Broadcasting Network, Inc. (PBN) and Memo Plus Gold.
2 scholars qualify for NSPC 2011; Noveno voted third best school paper adviser of Bicol
Two scholars of the Philippine Science High School – Bicol Region Campus won in their respective events during the Regional Secondary Schools Press Conference (RSSPC) at Marcial O. Rañola Memorial School (MORMS), Guinobatan, Albay, Nov. 9-12, 2010.
Said students were Kendra Ivana Sy, associate editor of The Bicol Scholar, and Ma. Khryster Lee Bellen, news editor, who garnered first place in photojournalism (English) and copy reading and headline writing (English), respectively.
In addition to their feats, Jayson Sime Jeremias placed fourth in copy reading and headline writing (Filipino), while both the English and Filipino radio broadcasting teams of the school were fourth runners-up.
By Ma. Khryster B. Bellen and Shaira A. Carino
JULLIANE MOIRA SY of the Philippine Science High School – Bicol Region Campus class 2007 was chosen Dangal ng Bayan Awardee for Academic Excellence and Humanitarian Services by the Consumers League of the Philippines Foundation (CONPHIL), Inc.
The distinction was in line with the organization’s 10th Consumer’s Choice and Dangal ng Pilipinas Annual Awards on Nov. 27, 2010 at IRWIN Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Road, Quezon City.
Sy, along with the other awardees, was selected based on the criteria that were set such as: educational background, leadership, professional practice, career growth, valuable service given to consumers, humanitarian services, and other recognitions and commendations received.
VINCE VITTORIO TURIANO of I-Diamond topped the public speaking event in this year’s University of the Philippines (UP) Harong Academic Festival on October 27-30, 2010 at the Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City.
Turiano dominated the said event with his impromptu speech on the role of the government in preserving the environment.
By Ma. Khryster Lee B. Bellen
THE PHILIPPINE SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL – BICOL REGION CAMPUS, WHICH HAS become a formidable institution of learning not only in Bicol but in the entire country as well,is celebrating its 12th year of foundation, today, October 29, 2010.
Alongside the celebration is the conduct of presentations of each class, which aim to showcase the achievements of the campus in its 12 years of providing quality education to hundreds of Bicolanos and even scholars beyond Bicol’s geographical boundaries.
By Ma. Khryster Lee B. Bellen
PATRICK LEO REBATO, FOURTH YEAR STUDENT OF THE PHILIPPINE SCIENCE HIGH School – Bicol Region Campus won a bronze medal at the close of the International Earth Science Olympiad held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from September 18 to 25, 2010.
By Ma. Khryster Lee B. Bellen
A SENIOR AND A JUNIOR STUDENT FROM THE PHILIPPINE SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL – Bicol Region Campus (PSHS-BRC) were among the members of the Philippine team that competed in the 4th International Olympiad in Astronomy held on Sept. 12-21, 2010 in Beijing, China.
Said students were Kenneth Anthony Roquid, fourth year, and Christoper Jan Landicho, third year student.
By Ma. Khryster Lee B. Bellen
JULIUS JOHN DIMABAYAO, WHO GRADUATED FROM THE PHILIPPINE SCIENCE HIGH School – Bicol Region Campus (PSHS-BRC) in 2006, ranked first in the August 2010 Licensure Examination for Geologists given by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).
By Daniel Oliver Tondo
THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PHILIPPINE SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL—BICOL REGION Campus Gymnasium has just been completed, Mrs. Eden Oliver, school’s administrative officer reported on October 26, 2010.
The construction of the gymnasium, which is located beside the Girls’ Dormitory, began in February this year and was supervised by Mr. Jose Chito Milante.
By Ma. Khryster Lee B. Bellen
THE PHILIPPINE SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL – BICOL REGION CAMPUS RETAINED THE overall championship in the 2010 Division Secondary Schools Press Conference at Quipayo High School, Calabanga, Camarines Sur on October 12-13, 2010.
The school’s winners included the English and Filipino radio broadcasting and news scripting teams, which both garnered first place. The English team’s members were Patrick Leo Rebato, Daniel Oliver Tondo, Jan Mae Tresvalles, Vanessa Gail Borja, Abigail Abragan, Jorriel Balbedina, and Czarina Nicole Macatingrao.
By Abigail A. Abragan
AT THE CLOSE OF THE SCHOOL YEAR in March 2010, the Philippine Science High School – Bicol Region Campus had the new girls dormitory blessed by Rev. Fr. Bert Lillo;
the new dormitory is an addition to the already completed boys dormitory,
SIXTEEN STUDENT WRITERS of this school bagged seven awards at the close of the 29th Regional Secondary Schools Press Conference (RSSPC) at Tabaco National High School, Tabaco City, November 4-6, 2009.
Leading the winners was this school’s English radio broadcasting team composed of James Earl Rempillo, Jovito Leo Lobigan, Vanessa Gail Borja, Jan Mae Tresvalles, Czarina Nicole Macatingrao, Abigail Abragan, and Joseph Emmanuel Lomibao, who represented the division of Camarines Sur in said event.