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Education

Educational Institutions and School Facilities

As the center of education in Bicol, Naga offers quality education from preschool to graduate courses. In 2009, its educational institutions, including day care centers (DCCs) which provide preschool training, totaled 231. 140 of which are public and 91 private schools.

Preschool. Both government and the private sector in Naga provide preschool services. The city today is serviced by one city-level DCC, the Naga School for Early Education and Development (Naga SEED), and 72 barangay DCCs, up from only 27 in 1987. Aptly called “EduCare Centers, all DCCs now provide Montessori-type instruction to preschoolers as a result of a city government program in strengthening early child education and development. Twenty-nine (29) private-owned schools also provide similar services through their kindergarten classes. The city’s EduCare Centers are mentored by 85 well-trained EduCare Center workers. As of school year 2009 – 2010, 2,853 preschoolers were enrolled in the city’s EduCare Centers. The DepEd, meanwhile, reported a total of 2,874 enrollees in the city’s 27 DCC’s. 20 private preschools logged a total of 2,485 enrollees for school year 2009 -2010.

Elementary. Elementary education is provided by 29 public and 21 private schools. In school-year 2009-2010, public elementary schools logged a total of 25,530 enrollees. They were attended to by close to 660 teachers and 125 locally-funded teachers, translating to a teacher-pupil ratio of 1:33 and evenly distributed in 627 classrooms citywide, with a classroom-pupil ratio of 1:41.

For private elementary schools, total enrollment logged at 5,249 in school year 2009-2010. These pupils were attended to by 265 teachers, yielding a teacher-pupil ratio of 1:20. Private elementary schools have a total of 245 classrooms, yielding a classroom-pupil ratio of 1:21.

Secondary. Secondary education is provided by 8 public and 12 private schools. Last school year, public secondary schools had a total number of 12,783 enrollees, tutored by 368 teachers and housed in 251 classrooms, which translates to 1:35 and 1:51 teacher-student and classroom- student ratio, respectively.

For private secondary schools, total enrollment reached at 5,330, attended to by 244 teachers, resulting to a teacher-student ratio of 1:22 .

Tertiary. At present, Naga City has 18 schools in the tertiary level, 16 of which are privately-owned two, the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC) and the Camarines Sur Community College, are state-owned. These colleges and universities offer various courses ranging from a 2-year secretarial course to a 4 to 5-year academic degree course such as nursing, engineering, law, arts and sciences. They also offer graduate and post-graduate courses.

Private colleges and universities had a total enrolment of 17,539 attended to by 804 professors, yielding a teacher-student ratio of 1:22 and a classroom-student ratio of 1:51 based on a combined 343 classroom capacity.

Vocational/Technical. Students who cannot afford formal college education can avail of the courses offered by 16 vocational/ technical schools in the city. Of the total, 13 are privately-owned, while three —the Camarines Sur Community College, MetroPESO’s Naga City Manpower Training Center, and the CSPC, are government institutions. Courses offered vary from dressmaking, driving, carpentry, auto mechanic, computer and basic seaman course.

Complementary Educational Facilities

Complementing the city’s educational facilities are the Raul S. Roco Library (formerly known as Naga City Library) and the Bicol Science and Technology Centrum (BSTC). In 2009, the RSR Library catered to 29,340 readers and circulated 5,773 books and periodicals. Its extension arm, the Book Mobile attended to 10,880 clients all over the 27 barangays of the city.

As to visitors, the Bicol Science and Technology Centrum, which was established sometime in 1993, received a total of 88,366 visitors in 2009. 71 percent of which are students and 28.7 percent are teachers, professionals and other visitors. The Sci-Cubby Hole, SkyWatch Gallery and Computer Section further boost its visitor’s record.

Museums

The UNC/Naga City Museum, located inside the University of Nueva Caceres campus, is one of the oldest museums outside Manila and is recognized by the International Association of Museum. It houses historical artifacts of the ancient Bicol, its people and its culture. Meanwhile, the Museo Conciliar Seminario at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, established sometime in 1994 showcases rare ancient Bicol relics and artifacts like burial jars, chinawares, stones and ritual objects. Featured as well is the local church history where old Roman Catholic Church vestiges and sacred objects are displayed. Peñafrancia Museum, the more recent museum established in the city, the museum contains sacred vestiges relating to Marian devotion to the Bicol regional patroness, the Lady of Peñafrancia.

Total population vis-à-vis school age population

Total population for 2009 is 165,368. The total school age population, ages 6 to 21 is 84,372, representing 51 the total population.

The total enrollment for public elementary school is 25,530 and 5,249 for private. For secondary, the total enrollment for school year 2009 – 2010 in public schools is 12,783 while for private, 5,330 . All in all, there are 48,892 elementary and secondary students enrolled for school year 2009 – 2010. This translates to a participation rate of 97.59 percent for elementary and 87.39 percent for secondary.

Drop-out Rate

The drop-out rate for school year 2009 – 2010 for elementary is 0.99 percent while for secondary, 6.85 percent. Compared to last year’s 0.72 percent and 4.96 percent for elementary and secondary, respectively, an increase of 0.27 percent for elementary and 1.89 percent for secondary is noted. This is attributed to high cost of schooling and maintenance such as transportation, clothing and food.

Cohort Survival Rate

The Cohort Survival rate for school year 2009 – 2010 for elementary is 81 percent while for secondary, 68 percent.

Literacy Rate. The current literacy rate of the city stands at 98 percent. The presence of competitive schools from pre-school to post-graduate has buoyed much of this literacy level.

National Tests

Achievement Test Results for S/Y 2008-09 yielded disappointing results as 2 out of 3 exams for elementary level decreased. Secondary level had a slight increase in their results with only one demonstrating a downward trend.