Press Release
August 23, 2016

Bam: K to 12 exceeds expectations with 1.5M enrollees
in Senior High School

The K to 12 program exceeded expectations with the number of enrollees in Senior High Schools (SHS) surpassing the 1.5-million mark for school year 2016-17.

This was reported by the Department of Education (DepEd), led by Sec. Leonor Briones, during the hearing of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture on the status of the K to 12 education program.

"This figure debunks news reports on inaccessible senior high schools," said Sen. Bam Aquino, chairman of the Committee on Education, Arts and Culture.

Of the 1,517,610 SHS enrollees, 1,460,970 were Grade 10 completers, 54,262 were Balik-Aral students and 2,378 were Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) passers.

According to Sec. Briones, the number of Grade 10 completers who continued to SHS was equivalent to 98 percent of the students who finished Grade 10.

"The fact that so many continued on to senior high school shows that if the state provides free schooling, Filipinos will seize the opportunity to get an education," Sen. Bam said.

However, Sen. Bam stressed that this high turn out brings added challenges like backlogs in classrooms and trained teachers.

"We need to work quickly to meet these challenges head on and make free access to quality education a reality for every Filipino family," Sen. Bam asserted.

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