BINAY REITERATES COMMITMENT FOR QUALITY EDUCATION IN MAKATI
MAKATI CITY – Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay reiterated the local government’s commitment to provide a quality education to all young people in the city.
“Almost majority of my projects are for kids because my philosophy is, if you kids are happy, your parents are happy as well,” Binay said.
The city mayor graduates that the city government will continue to improve the quality of education in the city’s public schools, noting that they should be proud of being products of the city’s public education system.
“We have levelled up with the standards of private schools and dispelled the connotation of ‘substandard education’ attached to public schools,” she added.
Binay made the statement before some 1,220 graduates from seven public senior high schools during the 2nd Commencement Exercises of the K to 12 Senior High School Program held at the Marquis Events Place in Bonifacio Global City.
She also exhorted the graduates to have a vision of what they want to become in the future, and to make a plan on how to achieve it. “You should learn to dream. You should learn to plan to get that dream.”
Binay assured graduates that the city government, along with their parents, will help them reach their dreams, saying that the graduates should already know what they want to be in the next five years.
The city mayor underscored her thrust of inclusive education by sharing her vision of all public schools in Makati, and not just Makati Science High School (MakSci), showing excellent academic performance, particularly in Math and Science.
She cited Project Mathematics Intensive Learning Enhancement for Students (Project MILES), which was launched in last September to address the disparity between regular public schools and MakSci.
Project MILES consists of programs designed to improve the Math competency of students in Makati public elementary and junior high schools, using Koobits, a Singaporean Math software popularly known as a top Math learning platform.
Recently, Binay unveiled plans to establish a school that befits a digital city, one that is fully equipped with fast and reliable wifi connection and modern computers to teach students the latest technology and develop them into globally competitive citizens.
Through the Makati Public Wifi Project, which now covers 13 out of 27 target villages, free internet connection has been made available to students enrolled in the city’s public schools.
For school year 2018-2019, all students in public senior high schools in Makati were provided with free school supplies, uniforms and ‘Air Binay’ rubber shoes under Project Free Relevant and Excellent Education (Project FREE). For the first time, they were also treated to free educational trips under the Talent Optimization Programs for Students (TOPS), as part of the city government’s continuing efforts to develop globally competitive Makati students.
Last year, some 400 students from the city’s public schools underwent the Senior High School Work Immersion Program (SHS-WIP), a program launched by the city in partnership with DepEd Makati. Under the program, the city deploys senior high school students to its different sections, departments, and project sites, where they are provided with training related to their course.
According to DepEd Makati, Makati High School this year has the most number of senior high graduates with 363 graduates, of which 10 students graduated with high honors and 127 graduated with honors. It is followed by Fort Bonifacio High School with 202 graduates, including 39 with honors. Next is Makati Science High School which has 166 graduates, of which four graduated with high honors and 154 with honors.
The remaining schools with senior high school program are Nemesio I. Yabut Senior High School (SHS) with 142 graduates (four with high honors and 43 with honors); Pitogo SHS, 136 graduates (13 with high honors and 57 with honors); Benigno Aquino SHS, 129 (six with high honors and 44 with honors); and Maximo Estrella SHS, 82 graduates (five with high honors and 25 with honors).
Currently, senior high schools in the city offer various academic tracks, namely, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), and Humanities and Social Science (HUMSS). Other tracks include Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL), Sports, and Arts and Design.