DepEd reports reduced high school drop-out rates

by Liezl Aileen Nuñez

DepEd bears good news from 56 public high schools all over the country with zero drop-out rates. Example public high schools who have achieved 0 and less than 1% drop-out rates are in the Division of Romblon in MIMAROPA, Agusan del Sur, Butuan City and Surigao City in CARAGA, Urdaneta City and San Carlos City in Region 1, Guimaras and Antique in Region 6, Leyte and Southern Leyte in Region 8.

The department attributes this positive result to the effectiveness of their Dropout Reduction Program (DORP), formerly known as the Secondary Schooling Alternatives (SSA), which offers students alternative instruction methods to keep them in school and finish their basic education.

The program utilizes the Family, Individual, Community and School (FICS) Analysis to identify students who are at risk of dropping out. Through interviews, school administrators and teachers are enabled to determine and design the best ways to address each of these students’ unique circumstances with the Schools Initiated Interventions (SII).

For working students and previously out-of-school youths who cannot attend high school on a regular basis, the Open High School (OHS) distance education by means of specialized learning modules is offered as an alternative. Meanwhile, for those students who have to be temporarily absent from class due to natural calamities, farm harvest time, seasonal work or illness can opt for the Effective Alternative Secondary Education (EASE). This alternative instruction method allows such students to study using special modules when they have to be away from school.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro also encourages private high schools to adopt DORP as well to further lessen drop-out rates in the country.

“Our experience show that it can be done. But we have to do more. We need partners from private high schools so that this program can be scaled up and every learner can be given a chance to be properly educated. […] We will provide you the technologies, best practices and technical support you will need so that, together, we can reach out to learners who need intervention,” states Sec. Luistro.

Related link:
Number of high school drop-outs drops


“DepEd Order No. 74, s. 2010 - Guidelines on Mainstreaming the Dropout Reduction Program (DORP) in the Public Secondary Schools.” Republic of the Philippines Department of Education, 04 June 2010. Web. 25 January 2011.
“Number of high school drop-out drops.” Republic of the Philippines Department of Education, n.d. Web. 25 January 2011.

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