One of the last remaining annexes of the Baguio City High School is ready to declare its independence.
This is further expected after the City Council recently backed the passage of House Bill 7995 that intends to convert the BCHS – Hillside Annex as an independent school.
In supporting the bill filed by Rep. Mark Go, the councilors aim to enhance the totality of the learning environment of students with conducive classrooms, improved learning facilities and equipment and personnel right sizing.
Hillside annex is one of the last two remaining BCHS annex which is located some 2.2 kilometers from the main campus. It started operation in 2011 and cater to learners from nine brangays, namely its namesake, Sta. Escolastica, Green Water Village, Scout Barrio, Garbiela Silang, Lower and Upper Dagsian as well as Camps 7 and 8.
For the current school year, some 270 enrollees under the present blended learning are being taucht by 10 teachers, two non-teacher personnel and a designated school head.
The councilors said that in declaring it independent from BCHS Main, there will be plantilla positions and teachers will not be coming from either the main campus or the Department of Education Cordillera Division of City Schools.
With no plantilla position, the councilors argued, teachers can be moved and assigned to the main campus whenever exigently needed and that the same heavily impacts the progress of teacher leaders, thus, affecting their long-term career path which, in the process, could affect their work and teaching efficiency.
The city council added that the conversion would encourage better leadership and management of the school.