12 July 2007

How Naga high schools stack up

AFTER seeing a snapshot of how Philippine localities compare in terms of academic performance, how would local high schools, public and private, match up?

The image to the right captures their relative performance in the National Career Assessment Examination conducted among 4th year high school students last December.

Again, some quick observations:

1. Public schools can hold their own against private sector counterparts. This is especially true at the upper end of the spectrum, where special public high school programs (the science- and arts-oriented curricula of Camarines Sur National High School, as well as the city's own science high school, where admission policies are stringent) bested their private counterparts.

2. The Camarines Sur Polytechnic laboratory high school (formerly BCAT) and Cararayan National High School are the surprising revelation in this exam, owing to their strong performance in the middle range. They have performed better than my alma mater, UNC, as well as the other public high schools, including the regular curriculum of Cam High.

3. The situation is somewhat reversed in the lower end, as public schools like Concepcion Pequena and Tinago did not fare as well as their private counterparts.

I have reservations, though, whether a special program for the differently abled, (read: the Naga SPED), should be assessed together with all the rest. My sense is, they have special needs that deserve special attention.

If at all, the results point out which ones need to exert more efforts to do better, and where government can focus its resources to support them. The respective school administrations should take the initiative here, as exemplified by Tinago High which called a PTA meeting after these results became public.

Your own take on this data will be appreciated, as usual.

10 comments:

Rizaldy M. Manrique said...

Thanks for the info:)

Ducks said...

Great info Willy! Mabalos!:)

dave (",) said...

I knew there was something good with those special programs in public schools. Why can't they be implemented on the entire public school system? Lack of funds?

Ducks said...

Good question Dave. Way back in high school when I was part of a group of students who was often sent by my alma mater, UNC, to inter-school contests and even press conferences here in Naga, Camarines Sur National High School (science and arts oriented class) managed to be among the top competing groups in many occasions. In fact, in our batch, we oftentimes "feared" them more than those coming from the other private high schools. Now with Naga Science High School, I had the opportunity to work with some of its alumni in the scholars org (GABAY) in Ateneo in college where I served as president for a school year and I could say that they were some of the scholars that we could really depend on in terms of participation, artistic skills, and even leadership. That's why ever since, I have so much respect for the graduates of these classes/schools. Kudos to all those behind these programs! Now, if we could only implement their system with other public schools, it would be a big boost to the entire public school system and should be a welcome development for our public school students.

Anonymous said...

wer did you get the factsheet? i need something like this for a research paper in school...i've been trying tolook for facts and statistics results for this ncae everywhere and i cant seem to find any..please help me..Ü

Willy B. Prilles, Jr. said...

Anon: The data came from the DepEd itself, specifically from the Naga division unit in charge of testing.

If you are a local resident, you may want to check with Bob Ursua of the Naga City School Board for more details.

Dave and Ducks: I'll share my thoughts on the matter in my next post.:)

Anonymous said...

thanks for the info willy. btw, im not a local...Ü im actually from manila...

Anonymous said...

goodafternoon. I'm actually a student of Naga city science high school. where can i get the NCAE 2007 results??

Anonymous said...

I'm a graduate of the special science oriented class of CSNHS. I'm surprised that the students are still doing well despite the fact that these programs are not funded properly. I've also heard that they are losing good students to Philippine Science High School in goa.

This is great. I'm sure my batch mates would love to see this article.

Thanks.

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