Wednesday, April 05, 2006

DBS Experience with NSTP

By Leah Venessa L. Valbuena

The Department of Behavioral Sciences (DBS) has experienced implementing NSTP in its two versions: centralized and decentralized. The centralized NSTP has three components: Literacy Training Service (LTS), Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS), and Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). CWTS was handled by the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in the first and second semesters of 2002-2003. LTS, on the other hand, was handled by DBS in the first semester. DBS used the Life Skills Module, which included behavioral science-related topics such as social awareness, emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication, and resource and stress management, topics which DBS has the most competence to teach.

Based on its experience, DBS has raised the following issues and concerns, especially in regard to the centralized implementation of LTS: (1) the huge volume of students to be served all at the same time, (2) the lack of seriousness on the part of the students as manifested in the significant number of them dropping the course, skipping or not attending the sessions, and not complying with the course requirements, and (3) the difficulty of scheduling NSTP sessions vis-à-vis the academic courses in spite of previous agreements (regarding field trips, departmental examinations, and make-up classes) among the faculty and the departments.

Given these constraints, the faculties in-charge of NSTP made certain adjustments, such as maximizing student contact by using innovative styles of teaching, like conducting workshops and assigning group projects, to address the lack of rooms and the conflicting schedules of the students. They have also recommended that NSTP be decentralized so that it can be better implemented in accordance with the spirit of the law that created it.

This article has been originally published in Faura, Number 2.


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