Changes in curriculum, facilities of PSHS bared

Starting school year 2019-2020, Philippine Science High School (PSHS) in Davao City and elsewhere in the country will add more admission slots for qualified grade 7 students.

PSHS-Southern Mindanao Curriculum and Instruction Division chief Annie Rodriguez said that the school is intensifying its campaign in informing the public about the expansion of slots from 90 to 120 qualifiers per year level.

“This will be a greater chance for pupils to get into PhilSci,” Rodriguez said.

She said that students with a general average of 85 are qualified to take the scholarship examination.

Rodriguez said that PhilSci scholars will receive P3,500-monthly allowance, in addition to the free loan of textbooks.

“Aside from the perks of being enrolled in a prestige school like PhilSci, we actually have a lot of graduates who excelled inside and outside the country,” she said.

PSHS-SM Office of the Student Affairs head Michael Casas said that they are going to expand the school’s academic buildings, in anticipation of the increasing number of students.

“Since we are growing in population, we are adding more facilities to accommodate more students,” Casas said.

He also said that the PSHS will be hiring more teachers and non-teaching personnel as well.

Rodriguez is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to help them in promoting PSHS, as there are still students, especially in public schools who are hesitant in applying for scholarship.

PSHS has 16 campuses nationwide, including in Diliman, Southern Mindanao, Cagayan Valley, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Central Luzon, Central Mindanao, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol Region, Ilocos Region, Central Visayas, SOCCSKSARGEN, Caraga Region, MIMAROPA Region, Zamboanga Peninsula and Calabarzon Region.

PSHS-SM is located at Barangay Sto. Niño in Tugbok District, Davao City.

Aside from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic) courses, PSHS will now include courses such as Psychology and Nursing.