RACE by Maria Isabelle Rentino

The Race is On!

In lieu of the usual National Competitive Exam (NCE), the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) System introduced the Requirements, Admission, Criteria, and Evaluation (RACE), this year’s admission procedure for pupils interested to become a scholar at any of the 16 PSHS campuses around the country.

The RACE system was created in observance of government protocols and safety regulations in response to the persistent spread of COVID-19.

The first stage of the said system is to determine an applicant’s Predicted NCE Grade (PNG), based on the applicant’s final grade in Science and Math, as reflected in the Grade 5 report card to be submitted to PSHS.

Moreover, top PNG scorers will proceed to the second stage, which is composed of an essay submission and scaling of the applicant’s Academic Rank by the end of the fifth grade.

According to the PSHS official website, the top scorers will receive either an e-mail or text message informing of their qualification to the second stage of the admission process.

Furthermore, the PNG, points from academic ranking, and score in the written essay of the top scorers will be ranked from highest to lowest and the top 240 applicants will be considered as Principal Qualifiers of the PSHS-Main Campus in Diliman, Quezon City.

Meanwhile, regional qualifiers will be ranked per campus, and top scorers will similarly be the Principal Qualifiers of a campus depending on the number of Grade 7 scholarship slots available.

Currently, seven PSHS regional campuses have 120 Grade 7 scholarship slots: Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Western Visayas, Central Mindanao, and Southern Mindanao; the rest having 90 slots available each.

In line with the admission process, the PSHS Office of the Executive Director (OED) hosted a series of webinars concerning the RACE system. One of which was held last November 19, 2020 with the theme: “Admissions Procedures in the New Normal”.

The PSHS OED also reassured applicants of the fairness of the system, stating that raters meticulously reviews metrics per school to avoid biases in predicting the PNG of each pupil.

“The PSHS System will implement measures to assess the originality of the essay submitted by the applicants such as similarity index, checking tools, etcetera,” the OED added in their official statement posted in the Philippine Science High School System Facebook page.

Another webinar hosted by the PSHS – Western Visayas Campus was held last November 16, with the theme “An Online Training on Enhancing Effective Writing Skills among Scholarship Aspirants and Coaching Skills among Teachers”. 

Applications may be submitted online and to any PSHS campus or Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Provincial Science and Technology Center before the deadline, which is on December 11 for private schools and December 18 for public schools.

Featured image by Maria Isabelle Rentino

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