By Maria Teresa B. Benas
SAN QUINTIN, Abra, Aug. 7 (PIA) — The Tangadan Elementary School (TES) of San Quintin emerged as top performing public school in the province of Abra.
The school, which is the first barangay as one enters Abra from Ilocos Sur, displays its Silver Marker from the Department of Education for its Level II Accreditation for Public Elementary Schools (APES) for the school year 2013-2014.
The accreditation serves as an inspiration to all residents.
The Silver Marker is signed by Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and top officials of DepEd-Cordillera and the Schools Division of Abra.
According to Dr. Paulina Sawadan of the DepEd-Cordillera Region, the Tangadan Elementary School is the only accredited public elementary school in the entire province of Abra.
APES is given to public elementary schools that have excelled in all aspects of education and in the operation and management of a school that foster a continuing culture of excellence.
“Being awarded the APES is not easy as it requires hard work and dedication,” Dr. Teresita J. Garcia, TES school head, said as she shared how difficult it was for TES to comply with the criteria and conditions of the award.
Garcia explained that a school has to be consistent in its excellent performance in all aspects of education which include academic excellence of pupils as reflected in the result of the National Achievement Test and the low rate or absence of school dropouts; the capability of its faculty; improved facilities and community participation and support. And every performance has to be documented and monitored.
To improve the capability of its faculty, Garcia said teachers had to attend graduate school and specialize trainings through their own pocket.
Garcia also expressed appreciation and gratitude to Mayor Amador B. Diaz for his all-out support in providing all the needed school facilities as well as the cooperation of the people in the community especially the Parents-Teachers Association, who are always ready and available to help in the upkeep of the school facilities.
While the TES has complete facilities now such as comfort room inside and outside of the classrooms, library, laboratory, clinic pre-school classrooms, music room and practical arts, Garcia said, they have to exert more efforts and sacrifice to cope with the standards set by the APES in terms of improved facilities as they vie for Level III accreditation or a Gold Marker.
The TES got its APES Level or Bronze Award in 2009. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR,Abra)