In early 2013, SEAMEO INNOTECH undertook an evaluation study to determine the current state of Open High School Program (OHSP) implementation in selected Open High Schools in the Philippines. The research study was funded through SEAMEO INNOTECH’s Research and Innovation Fund as part of the Center’s complimentary set of program interventions to support the Department of Education (DepEd)’s need for sustained technical support in operationalizing the new K to 12 Basic Education System.
The DepEd’s Open High School Program is an alternative secondary education program. Its aim is to provide an opportunity for elementary graduates, high school dropouts, and Philippine Education Placement Test (PEPT) passers to complete their high school education. Thus, the program prioritizes independent, self-paced study to make secondary education flexible and accessible to all learners.
SEAMEO INNOTECH evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of open high school program years after its implementation.
As a program intended to help solve the high dropout rates in the Philippines, OHSP serves as an accessible alternative for individuals who were unable to attend regular classes. However, the program also poses some disadvantages. In particular, the program serves as an added burden for schools and teachers, further compounded by the lack of capacity building for teachers and updated learning materials.
SEAMEO INNOTECH conducted an evaluation study of the Open High School Program to understand its impact on the education sector in the Philippines. The study was designed in close coordination with the DepEd Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) and the Open High School Coordination team with the following objectives:
The study was guided by the following questions:
This evaluation study assessed the Philippines’ Open High School Program’s effectiveness at making secondary education accessible and lowering dropout rates. The center for education development identified best practices and weaknesses and provided recommendations to strengthen the program further. The evaluation study emphasizes the importance of offering an alternative mode of learning that allows independent study to accommodate different student needs. Look into SEAMEO INNOTECH’s findings and insights on the Philippines’ OHSP here.
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