Ormoc City SPED Center consistently scores high in NAT
Pasig City (8 September) -- In both the previous and March 2007 conduct of the National Achievement Test (NAT) by the Department of Education (DepEd), the Ormoc City Special Education (SPED) Center has consistently been one of the top schools registering a well over average mean percentage score. The NAT has been administered in public schools throughout the country since 2003. This year, over 1.6 million grade six students took the examination.
In the 2007 NAT, Ormoc City SPED Center scored an impressive 83.80 which was even higher than their previous grade of 81.44.
Formerly part of the Ormoc City Central School, the SPED Center now concentrates on providing specific education to children with special needs.
According to the center's principal Ms. Esther Espanola, their institution conducts classes from Grade 1 through 6. There are two classes in each level – one for Mentally Gifted (MG) students and another for children with disabilities (CWD) such as Mental Retardation (MR), Hearing Impairment (HI) and Visual Impairment (VI). Students are classified into the two groups in order to provide them with the individualized education and attention that they require.
"We work to constantly improve the competence of our teachers and administrators through various trainings and workshops," Lapus pointed out. "DepEd is committed to provide children with special needs an education that will enhance their talents and help them achieve their full potential."
When asked on what has contributed to the success of their school, Ms. Espanola attributed the exceptional performances of their students to the various programs they have been implementing. These programs are reportedly initiatives by the department representatives in their division.
"We at the department support the programs and projects of our field offices throughout the country," Secretary Jesli Lapus said. "It is through our division representatives – the superintendents and coordinators – that we are able to accomplish the goals we have set for the improvement of education in the country."
Every summer, Ormoc City SPED Center's educators take courses in universities such as the Philippine Normal University (PNU) to enrich their current knowledge. The courses these teachers take are particular to the needs of the students they have been and will be educating.
In addition, the center holds Remedial Reinforcement and Enrichment (RRE) for its pupils. Come Friday of every week, remedial and reinforcement are given to students with learning difficulties while advanced students receive enrichment.
Meanwhile, MG pupils are allowed to explore and develop their unique interests at the same time. This school activity subscribes to the Seven Multiple Intelligences Theory of Harvard Professor Howard Gardner.
Private organizations which have recognized the commitment of the school to children with special needs have likewise given support through donations. IDEA Philippines – an organization for the hearing impaired has awarded the center with a building, a dormitory and food. The group Resources for the Blind also continues to assist the institution by sponsoring some of its needs.
Similarly, the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) has been sponsoring enrichment classes to students every Saturday.
Aside from these division programs, the center also credits the Every Child A Reader Program (ECARP) and School-Based Management projects of DepEd. The department facilitated the repair and rehabilitation of classrooms as well as provided them with educational materials and additional funding.
"To provide quality education to all our children is what we at the department are endeavoring to accomplish, "Lapus stressed. "We will also ensure that the specific and relevant learning they receive will ensure their development into capable and productive individuals."
Ms. Espanola also added that the achievement of their students was made possible by the dedication of their teachers and the generosity of the children's parents. (DepEd) [top]