Two elementary schools in remote villages of Tabuk City are being pushed for conversion to integrated schools by the Tabuk City School Board.
The board headed by mayor Darwin Estranero made the recommendation during its meeting last February 17 “to bring secondary education closer to students in Appas and Ipil.”
The conversion would mean that high school students need not go to Dagupan or Bulanao to get their secondary education.
“In Dagupan, you notice that the Tabuk City National High School and Kalinga National High School are filled with students. There is no school in Ipil. To go to school, students have to hike to get to the highway and take a ride. It is very far,” said Tabuk Schools Division Office head Irene Angway.
For students coming from Appas, they need to go to Bulanao where schools are mostly private and at KNHS, transportation is really difficult, and that is why we have to convert,” added Angway.
An integrated school offer kindergarten, elementary and junior school education and has unified structural program. It can also have a senior high school program if deemed necessary and to be determined by the Department of Education.
The Tabuk SDO is also pushing for the establishment of an elementary school in Nasgueban, Appas and one in Luyukan, Lacnog East to be called Pablo Wangdali ES, and rename the Addang Primary School to Addang ES and the Cataw Primary School to Cataw ES.
The school board has included said proposals in its endorsement resolution.