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2012 National AchievementTest: Sarangani tops all schools divisions in Region 12

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By SERAFIN N. RAMOS JR. MALUNGON, Sarangani (July 29, 2012) – Combined average performance of elementary and secondary schools in this year’s National Achievement Test (NAT) has placed Sarangani on top of all provinces and cities in Region 12. “With pride and honor Sarangani is the number one division in Region 12 because we are [...]

By SERAFIN N. RAMOS JR. MALUNGON, Sarangani (July 29, 2012) – Combined average performance of elementary and secondary schools in this year’s National Achievement Test (NAT) has placed Sarangani on top of all provinces and cities in Region 12. “With pride and honor Sarangani is the number one division in Region 12 because we are number one in secondary and we are number two in the elementary,” Dr. Allan Farnazo, Sarangani schools division superintendent, told principals and supervisors in a Management Committee (Mancom) meeting. In the elementary NAT result for school year 2010-2011, the regional ranking was: 1. Cotabato Province with mean percentage score (MPS) of 79.43, 2. Tacurong City – 77.01, 3. General Santos City – 73.25, 4. Cotabato City – 72.44, 5. South Cotabato – 69.93, 6. Sultan Kudarat – 69.26, 7. Sarangani – 67.57, 8. Koronadal City – 67.28, and 9. Kidapawan City – 64.44. This year, Sarangani is number 2 with MPS of 73.43. The rest of the ranking is: 1. Cotabato Province – 79.26, 3. General Santos City – 71.59, 4. Tacurong City – 71.28, 5. South Cotabato – 70.22, 6. Kidapawan City – 66.00, 7. Cotabato City – 63.81, 8. Sultan Kudarat – 63.78, and 9. Koronadal City – 61.55. What pulled up Sarangani division to the combined highest rank this year was its high school NAT result as number 1. Governor Migs Dominguez, who attended the Mancom held Friday (July 27) in the mountainous campus of San Roque National High School, congratulated the Department of Education (DepEd) supervisors, principals and teachers “for achieving something that we never believed we could achieve.” “Because we all said that we can believe in ourselves, in our leadership. We can believe in the children, first time that we have said that we can become number one,” the governor told Sarangani’s top educators. “Sarangani was always a joke, isn’t it?” Dominguez said. “In sports we are already happy at number 7, number 8, 9. In examinations and contests, we just scratch our heads as long as we are not in the bottom.” Farnazo said the result of NAT held last March was a “good lead.” In last year’s NAT results, Sarangani ranked number 7 and number 6 in elementary and secondary, respectively. “And suddenly we became number 1,” Farnazo said. In previous years though, Sarangani was already posting an “upward trend.” The schools division chief attributed the “meteoric performance” to the “hardworking teachers, to the effective supervisors who did the instructional supervision and to the huge investment of the province of Sarangani.” Governor Dominguez has been “very aggressive in bringing in PPP, public-private partnership,” Farnazo stressed, as he noted that the governor has been attracting donor-foundations to help in the province’s education reform agenda. “What the province cannot give in terms of money, he (Dominguez) can bring in in terms of public-private partnership,” Farnazo pointed out. 2012 NAT results are “more than enough to provide credibility in declaring you (Gov. Dominguez) as education champion governor,” he said. The governor’s PPP initiatives, Farnazo said, clearly gave the province “huge contribution into our meteoric performance.” He reiterated topping the NAT in the region was also due to the effective supervision of supervisors and school heads, the heightened morale of public school teachers, and the support of local government officials and the community. Governor Dominguez’s education program Quality Education for Sarangani Today (QUEST) established in 2007 was a major boost to the NAT rise as well. QUEST was created to improve access of all children in the province to quality education. Sarangani belongs to the 20 poorest provinces in the country and the provincial government believes that education is the key out of poverty. The NAT is administered by the DepEd though the National Educational Testing and Research Center which heads on research and assessment in basic education. It is designed to determine the students’ academic strengths and weaknesses though the five key-major subjects: Mathematics, Science, English, Filipino, HeKaSi (Heograpiya, Kasaysayan at Sibika) in elementary and Araling Panlipunan in high school. Ratings obtained from NAT for Grade VI and Fourth Year serves as a tool to measure the school’s competency and effectiveness as well as the students’ aptitude and mastery towards the basic learning areas. The NAT used to be called the National Elementary Achievement Test (NEAT) for the grade school level and the National Secondary Achievement Test (NSAT) for the high school level. Both NEAT and NSAT were precursors of the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE), an examination administered to gauge the competency of students entering college. For more news and updates, please visit the Province of Sarangani . (Serafin N. Ramos Jr./SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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