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The Department of Education (DepEd) has urged incoming Senior High School (SHS) students to use the five-day semestral break this year to make sure that they are registered for SHS program which will be implemented nationwide starting school year  2016-2017.
 The semestral break for public elementary and high school students will be from October 26 -30.
 Earlier, DepEd announced that the early registration for the SHS program has been extended – from October 19 to November 13, 2015 – to give students ample time to decide on their choice of SHS track.
 Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that he extended the early registration period to ensure that incoming SHS students are enrolled come June, 2016.
“We want our students to be aware of the importance of choosing a track that suits their interest and matches job opportunities that await them,” he explained.
 DepEd said that the SHS Program has four major tracks: The Academic track, Technical-Vocational Livelihood track, Sports track, and Arts and Design track. Students can choose from these tracks depending on their interests.
 During the period of early registration, Luistro said that all Grade 10 students in all public and private high schools should “submit their choice of school and SHS track to their respective class advisers.”
The class advisers of Grade 10 in public schools are then tasked to register their students for SHS and submit learners’ preferences through the SHS registration module in the Learner Information System of DepEd.
 Luistro said that SHS early registration is also open to high school graduates prior to the full implementation of the K to 12 Program, passers of the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) and Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Examination for Junior High School level.
They may register in any of the schools offering SHS.
 Currently, DepEd data showed that there are 5,813 public schools, operated and funded by DepEd, will begin offering Grade 11 in 2016 and Grade 12 in 2017.
These public schools will utilize new classrooms and facilities constructed under the 2014 and 2015 budgets of DepEd or other fund sources, or use available facilities for Senior High School. Meanwhile, there are around 2,700 non-DepEd schools allowed to offer SHS.
SOURCE: Manila Bulletin

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