The Philippine Science High School is a specialized public high school that offers a “secondary course with special emphasis on subjects pertaining to the Sciences with the end view of preparing its students for a Science career”. Scholarships are given to Filipino students who show giftedness in the sciences and mathematics. Admission is limited to those who pass the National Competitive Examinations (NCE). Only 240 out of the more than 20,000 students who take the exam annually are allowed admission. The top scorers are admitted to the Main Campus in Quezon City.
When Chino passed the NCE, he said that he would prefer to study High School there. He said that he is inclined to take up Engineering or Math in college, so going to PSHS would prepare him better for it. Of course, we were supportive of his decision but there was a nagging question that was at the back of our heads.
The PSHS Main Campus has been in Quezon City for the past 50 years, from the time it started operations in 1964. But in recent years, there have been reports that it was going to be transferred to the DOST compound in Bicutan. The Ayala group had acquired the huge tracts of land surrounding the campus and they were interested in building a new business district in the area. If the campus were to transfer to Bicutan, it would have a big effect on us.That would mean a longer commute to and from school. As it is, he is picked up very early and gets home at night. We cannot afford to add more time to his commute without sacrificing his health.
So today’s announcement, that PSHS will stay in Quezon City, is good news for us. I only hope that the next president will continue to honor that.