NINETY-SEVEN (97) graduating elementary pupils from SOCCSKSARGEN Region have qualified to enroll at prestigious Philippine Science High School of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PSHS).
Dr. Zenaida P. HR Laidan, regional director of DOST 12 said these students were among those who took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of PSHS National Competitive Examination (NCE) on October 22, 2016 and are expected to enroll as high school freshmen (Grade 7 in the K-12 educational system) in June.
Of the said number, 31 are from General Santos City; 23 from South Cotabato; 14 from North Cotabato, 7 from Cotabato City, 6 from Koronadal City; 5 from Tacurong City, 4 each from Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani; and 3 from Kidapawan City.
Ninety (90) qualifiers preferred to enroll at the PSHS SOCCSKSARGEN Region Campus (PSHS-SRC) while others are invited and chose to enroll at the following PSHS campuses nationwide: six (6) are PSHS-main campus qualifiers and are invited to enroll at PSHS-Main campus in Diliman, Quezon City; one (1) chose to enroll at the Central Visayas campus (CVisC) in Argao, Cebu; and eight (8) are invited to enroll at the Southern Mindanao Campus in Mintal, Davao City.
Dr. Laidan said the untiring support from partners and stakeholders is instrumental in the achievement of a remarkable continuous increase in the number of passers seen every year.
The PSHS scholars get a monthly stipend in addition to free tuition and free loan of textbooks. Uniform, transportation, and living allowances are also given according to financial need. Scholars are expected to meet the highest standard of scholastic achievement and behavior.
The qualifiers have to IMMEDIATELY contact the Registrar or the Campus Director of the PSHS Campus where they are qualified to enroll, or visit the following websites: www.pshs.edu.ph or www.dost.gov.ph, for more information on early enrolment. Deadline for slot confirmation / reservation of principal qualifiers is on February 17, 2017 for Main Campus qualifiers, and on February 24, 2017 for regional campus qualifiers. Specific schedule of other enrolment activities shall be announced by the respective campuses.
PSHS, which operates as an attached agency of the DOST, is a specialized public high school system that focuses on high quality science-based education and training, that continuously contribute to nation-building by creating a critical mass of scientists and engineers.
The PSHS-SOCCSKSARGEN Region Campus (SRC) in Region 12 has started to operate in 2013. The campus features modern academic buildings, complete research and laboratory facilities as well as dormitories or housing facilities, alternative learning centers within the campus that cater to the needs of other “gifted students” in the area.
PSHS-SRC is the country’s 12th and the third in Mindanao. The other PSHS campus in Mindanao are located in Baloi, Lanao del Norte and along Bukidnon-Davao Road in Davao City.
“The establishment of PSHS in SOCCSKSARGEN is part of the efforts to put up a PSHS campus in every administrative region across the country to bring closer to the grassroots quality education highly focused on science, technology and mathematics,” discloses Dr. Laidan.