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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Establishment of high school night classes in every congressional district proposed
Writer: Lorelei V. Castillo, Media Affairs and Public Relations Service
17 April 2016 08:43:21 AM

A lawmaker is seeking the establishment of at least one night high school in every congressional district nationwide to provide the youth with more access to basic education.

Rep. Alfredo D. Vargas III (5th District, Quezon City) raised the proposal through House Bill 6492, saying the opening of night schools in the Philippines may address the dropout problem.

"Holding evening classes offers a viable option for Filipino high school students to continue their studies while fulfilling their obligations or helping their families earn a living during daytime," Vargas said.

The proposal, according to Vargas, is also in line with the State policy to protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels, and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all.

In House Bill 6492, Vargas sought the establishment of one night high school per congressional district to reduce the upward trend of dropout incidences among high school students.

"Data from the Department of Education (DepEd) stated that the reasons behind the gradual rising of the dropout rate in the secondary level are economic in nature. High school dropouts mostly occur because of the high cost of education or the students' dire need for employment to financially support their families," Vargas said.

Under the measure, all public elementary and high schools are directed to open their school facilities to be used for the establishment of night school classes.

The proposed night high school shall be open to all qualified students and shall offer general secondary education proper based on the curriculum approved by the DepEd.