The City of Silay is situated northwest of the Province of Negros Occidental. It is strategically located near Bacolod City. The city is 14.4 km away from the Provincial Capitol. Silay evolved from being an Old Spanish settlement created in 1780. Several families from Iloilo who migrated to Silay gave vigor to the place making it an important commercial and agriculture settlement during the Spanish era. It was also during this period that the cultivation of sugarcane was introduced by the Frenchman which made the town more prosperous. Silay became a chartered city on June 12, 1957 through House Bill 6096, Silay then was composed of 14 barangays. The creation of two more barrangays in 1985 brought the total number of barangays in Silay to 16.
Silay City, known as the Paris of Negros, the lap of virgin forests, the city of 300 water falls, the site of the last stand of the Japanese Imperial Army in the Philippines, the seat of art, culture and ecotourism in Region VI, and, where the new airport of international standards lies, occupies the central portion of the Province of Negros Occidental.The Education Department in Silay is more than fifty years old. Formerly it was a district of Department of Education, Province of Negros Occidental and became independent division on June 21, 1969. Since its inception, it has grown to serve the community’s need for enlightened, educated, and globally competitive citizens.
This School Year 2009-2010, witnessed the deliberate attempts of the Division to effect changes in systems and processes crucial to the functioning of the basic education system through the Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda (BESRA).
I. PRE-ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
The Division recognizes the importance of nurturing the development of the child at an early stage and preparing the learner for schooling. Toward this end for School Year 2009-2010, the Division had established (20) classes in (18) public elementary schools manned by 7 teachers.
Division coverage on enrolment increased from 260 in SY 2008-2009 to 749 learners in SY 2009-2010. There are 41 Day Care Centers operating in the City and 14 private pre-schools. ECCD potential learners per 2009 Family Mapping numbered 4036 Out of School Children, aged 3-5 years old in Silay City. The Division is currently undertaking programs and projects to cover all these potential learners with priority to children of poorest households and with close coordination with National Office, LGUs and other stakeholders.
Access to basic education continued to be the highest priority of the Division. For School Year 2009-2010, the division had established (32) complete public elementary schools with a total enrolment of 15,323, manned by 575 teachers. Eight (8) of these complete elementary schools were established into an integrated high schools. Also, one (1) school caters to indigenous group of people.
Access to private elementary education is also well provided with (4) elementary schools and with a total enrolment of 752 pupils.
The Division has (15) public secondary schools manned by 270 teachers with a total enrolment of (8,712). The biggest school with an enrolment of 5,184 and offers Other Special Programs such as Vocational Technology Education, Program for the Arts and Special Classes for Science, Math and English is the Dona Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School with (2) extension high schools serving the outlying barangays.
Of the 15 schools, (8) are newly established integrated high schools. There are (3) private schools also within the city with a total enrolment of 883 students.
The Division likewise implements the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) Program with 520 grantees.
Included in the (32) schools is a SPED center which caters to pupils with hearing impairment, impaired vision, speech disability, mentally retarded and slow learners being handled by the teacher with special training on SPED.
V. ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SYSTEM
For SY 2009-2010, the Division has established Functional Education and Literacy Programs with a total enrolment of 766 learners. The programs provided learning opportunities to illiterates, semi and neo literate youths, especially among the poorest of the poor, to provide them better opportunities to improve their lives. ALS is manned by Education Supervisor, 4 mobile teachers, 4 partime district coordinators and 32 partime school coordinators.
VI.DIVISION’S NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS
In 2008-2009 National Achievement Test, the division’s MPS results for elementary public schools was 55.59 and 39.68 for the secondary public schools. For the private schools, the division MPS was 44.08 for the elementary and 42.32 for the secondary.
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