Silliman University (SU) will offer bridging programs for Senior High School (SHS) students who wish to enroll in a course off their track, said SU SHS Principal Kemmons S. Kilat in an interview with the Weekly Sillimanian last Feb. 15.
Kilat said bridging programs will teach off-track students necessary lessons they need to proceed in their chosen courses. He continued that the bridging program will certainly cause a delay, taking at least one semester to finish.
“For example, mu-graduate kag ABM [Accountancy Business and Management] track, unya you [want to] go to Engineering [for college], so meaning off-track ka. That means ABM graduates should take first Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Biology. There are eight of them ka-subjects nga i-bridging. About one [semester] gyud, and that means delay for students,” Kilat explained.
Kilat said that on track SHS graduates will be prioritized during the enrolment while the off track SHS graduates will be asked of certain requirements depending on the college’s request that might include an admission exam.
However, Kilat said things are still being finalized and strict observances will be applied on science-related courses such as Nursing and Medical Technology.
He clarified that though things are still being decided by the university and the colleges, there are sure open courses that accepts all students regardless of their track such as Political Science and courses offered by College of Performing and Visual Arts.
List of courses open to bridging program is still to be released on March.
He added, “The problem is who will do the bridging. That’s part of the problem for now kay ‘di man ta kaingon sa bata nga mubalik og SHS. Graduate na biya sila. Most likely SHS teachers would bridge.”
The university issued an advisory last Feb. 2 for admission of SHS graduates. This is in line with the pertinent directives of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) memorandum order No. 105 series of 2017, which says “All Grade 12 graduates beginning Academic Year 2017-2018 are eligible to enter college regardless of the track or strand taken in the Senior High School.”
“Of course we want to accept all. That’s the message. We are open. That’s also the memorandum from CHED. All universities private or public should not deny students entering college. We [will] accept them provided [they submit necessary requirements],” Kilat said.