The Department of Education (DepEd) is urging universities and colleges to open its doors to grade 11 and 12 students for school year 2016.
Following the implementation of the K to 12 program by the DepEd, fourth year high school students will continue on to grades 11 and 12 when 2016 rolls around, instead of graduating and moving on to college.
Hence, concerns arise about empty first year college classrooms and jobless first year high college teachers for school year 2016.
To solve this, DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro has been coordinating with universities and colleges to open their spare classrooms to accommodate senior high school (grade 11 and 12) students.
“Kung yung mga university ay magtatayo ng senior high school sa kanilang campus, and we have been talking to 2000 institutions who will do that, walang problema. In fact, I think they will have more students,” Luistro said to ANC.
Luistro estimated that of the universities and colleges they have spoken to, about 80% of them have already asked for permits to carry out DepEd's suggestion.
On the concern of jobless first year college professors, DepEd will be needing 30,000-37,000 teachers for the senior high school students. “Kung trabaho lang, may trabaho kami,” Luistro said.
DepEd will be waivering the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) requirement and will be allowing college professors, teachers and professional practitioners to teach grade 11 and 12 classes.
Interested persons can apply through the DepEd website, deped.gov.ph