DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Jan) – The Department of Education’s effort to reduce the number of high school dropouts in three divisions in the Caraga Region is paying off, the DepEd said.
Public secondary schools in Agusan del Sur and in the cities of Butuan and Surigao are among the 56 schools nationwide that posted zero or less than one percent dropout rates this year.
“Our end-goal is to retain the poorly schooled and those who are in danger of dropping out because of difficult social and economic situations and provide them quality education,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said in a press statement posted at the DepEd website.
There are 58 secondary public schools in Agusan del Sur while the cities of Butuan and Surigao has 16 each.
Luistro said DepEd’s dropout reduction program (DORP) offers alternative delivery programs that aim to keep students in school and finish their basic education.
DepEd records show that the DORP has posted remarkable accomplishment, reducing the high school dropout rate from 12.51 percent in 2005-2006 to 8.55 percent in SY 06-07 and even a lower 7.45 percent in SYs 07-08 and 08-09.
At present, DepEd is implementing DORP in 1,117 secondary schools nationwide with 56 schools posting a zero simple dropout.
Some 40,000 students-at-risk of dropping out (SARDOs) were saved, according to Luistro.
“Imagine if there was no intervention, where would they be now?” he asked.
DORP intervention programs were designed to address the problems faced by students which prevent them from completing their elementary and high school education.
Luistro has appealed to private high schools to also adopt the program and help further reduce the dropout rate.
“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,” he said. (Rico Biliran / MindaNews)