Wednesday, 12 March 2014 19:50
Calbayog City (March 10,2014) - The Day Care Services of the City Government of Calbayog under the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) produces 1,543 graduates for the school year 2013-2014. This according to Ms. Hilda Dean, focal person for the pre-school program of CSWDO.
According to her, out of the said figure, 801 are female and 742 are male.
"Our count this year is actually lesser than our last year's data of graduates," Dean confirms saying further the cause of decline of the figure is due to drop-outs while others opted to transfer to DepEd's kindergarten program when a child reached 5 years of age in the month of October.
Dean said that due to the above mentioned grounds of children's exodus from the city government's pre-school services to DepEd' kindergarten program, the City Government of Calbayog through CSWDO has to come up with a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with DepEd Calbayog city Division soon that will concretize recognition of the city's pre-school services as part of DepEd's stream of formal education.
It can be noted that under the K-12 program of the government, the basic education curriculum is strengthened by adding two more years in high school making kindergarten education program compulsory.
Dean said that the present administration of City Mayor Ronaldo P. Aquino makes education program of the children on top of the city government's concern as part of its poverty alleviation campaign.
Out of 157 barangays, the city government provides 101 day care service program. Among those villages still out of the program has distance concerns that no day care worker is willing to take the challenge especially those belonging to the seven-hills area, according to Dean.
Graduations by cluster of barangays will be conducted beginning Wednesday, March 12 until March 20.
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