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The Open High School Program of Doña Juana Chioco National High School

The “open high school program” or OHSP of the DepEd that started in 1998 and funded by Asian Development bank or ADB is a special program designed and aimed to help Filipino adults and out-of-school youths or OSYs earn high school diploma which they were not able to earn during their high school age days. Finishing the basic secondary education will give OSYs and adults better chance and opportunity to get or land in a better paying job or work. This will also give them the chance and privilege to work abroad as skilled Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and eventually will be of great help in the progress and development of the Philippine economy through their dollar remittances.

Nowadays, education is a very important aspect of one’s life. A person with education is tantamount to having a better, successful and satisfying life. On the other hand, people with no or minimal education, are more likely to live a miserable and unhappy life. In a developing country like the Philippines, education is the only way to achieve a better living. Education is the only way to get out in the mire of poverty. As former Education Secretary Jesli Lapuz said “Education is the Solution”. Quality education is also one of the best ways for the country to attain economic progress.

One unique educational program or project of the Department of Education or DepEd to address such problems and achieve such dreams and goals is the “open high school program”. It is a special program which is a part of the Drop Out Reduction Program of the DepEd.

What is this program all about?

The “open high school program” or OHSP of the DepEd that started in 1998 and funded by Asian Development Bank or ADB is a special program designed and aimed to help Filipino adults and out-of-school youths or OSYs earn high school diploma which they were not able to earn during their high school age days. Finishing the basic secondary education will give OSYs and adults better chance and opportunity to get or land in a better paying job or work. This will also give them the chance and privilege to work abroad as skilled Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and eventually will be of great help in the progress and development of the Philippine economy through their dollar remittances.

This alternative mode of formal secondary education program, which is run by the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) of the Department of Education (DepED) of the Republic of the Philippines, provides an opportunity for elementary school graduates, high school drop-outs and passers of the Philippine Education Placement Test (PEPT) to have a high school diploma.

The “open high school program” of DJCNHS which is a type of a “distant learning” scheme, just started this school year 2012-2013. Interested individuals who will enroll will be enrolled based on the high school year level they finished, For instance, you finished second year high school; you will be accommodated as 3rd year high school student. If you finished 3rd year high school then you’ll join the fourth year students. If it’s you first time to enroll in high school, you will be catered as grade 7 student making you a part of the first batch of K to 12 Curriculum.

Where is Doña Juana Chioco National High School?

Doña Juana Chioco National High School or DJCNHS is located in the town of Lupao in the northern part of the province of Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon. DJCNHS is the “only school in the province of Nueva Ecija” to offer “open high school program”. In addition, it is also one of the only two secondary public high schools in the entire Region III or Central Luzon to offer such program, the other is Olongapo City National High School in Olongapo City in Zambales.

Who are qualified to avail of the “open high school program”?

Filipinos from anywhere else in the Philippines with ages 17 and up who are interested to have a high school diploma are qualified to enroll in the “open high school” program. In addition, they must pass the Independence Learning Readiness Test or (ILRT and the Informal Reading Inventory or IRI.

What is good about this program?

Students who are enrolled in the program are not obliged to go to school every day like the mainstream high school students. However, enrolled OHSP students who are working or employed should submit a certificate of employment. They will undergo schooling by reporting to the OHSP coordinator/facilitator based on their availability or agreement. The OHSP coordinator/facilitator in charge will then give each student a module that covers lessons for a particular period of time. They can receive their module personally, by mail or through e-mail. These reading materials must be read and the evaluation/assessment should be answered by the student concern and return such module personally, by mail or by e-mail.

This alternative type of acquiring secondary education is intended for students who are unable to pursue formal secondary education because of the rigid requirement of regular class schedules.

It should be noted also that OHSP is available anytime of the year. Anybody who is interested to avail of this special program can enroll anytime of the year because it is not dependent on the calendar of the regular school year. Student may start at their own time and at their own pacing but they have to complete their entire high school education within a maximum period of six (6) years.

In conclusion, it is still better to attend the regular type of high school because students learn best by attending the regular formal secondary education.

Persons to contact if interested

Obdalia C. Valmonte – SS Principal II – 09062819523

Tresalin C. Cabico – OHSP Coordinator/HT III (Eng/Fil) - 0927969567

Nobert S. Bermosa – Head Teacher III (AP/TLE) – 09178683442

Danilo M. Jacoba – Head Teacher III (Math) - 09228003620

Evelyn DR. Reyes – Head Teacher III (Science) - 09098282432

Valentino C. De Guzman – Head Teacher III (MAPEH)

Leonida H. Zamora – Head Teacher III (VE) - 09155256626

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Comments (1)

"... students learn best by attending the regular formal secondary education."

I would like to disagree with you on this. I think every student has its own learning methods and they learn different and not a single method is best for everyone.

I believe every student should be given the opportunity to choose which learning method they want to follow. I am hoping this "open high school program" will be available for everyone in every schools. 

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