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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesWednesday, June 6, 2012
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City DepEd counters high
dropout rates in schools

Two public high schools in Dumaguete City have registered high dropout rates, prompting officials of the City Schools Division to devise a program to address the problem.

Schools Division superintendent Ramir Uytico said 10 students each from the Dumaguete City High School in Calindagan, and the Camanjac High School, who have very low grades and are at risk of dropping out for reasons of poverty, will be allowed to stay at the homes of selected bright students of the Dumaguete Science High School.

Uytico said the “Homestay” program, hopes to save at least 70 students who are at risk of dropping out every year.

Under a memorandum of agreement, the beneficiary students will undergo tutorial lessons for three days and three nights, to encourage and motivate them to stay in school and study hard, he added.

Before the implementation of the program, a leadership training and values orientation will also be conducted, Uytico said.

The City Schools Division is also working on non-readers through a project called “Reading Circle Encounter” where reading sessions will be held twice a month to expose the students to all subject areas.

Meanwhile, a four-classroom, two-storey building worth P5 million was turned over yesterday to the Calindagan Elementary School, with funding from Senator Serge Osmeña. The project started in 2010.*JG

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