This study determined the students’ interest of grade 7 and grade 8 students among Catholic Schools in the Dioceses of Iba in terms of the different curricular tracks of K-12 Program. The researcher utilized the descriptive survey method of research and survey-questionnaire, observation and interview as well as documentary analysis for data gathering, and statistical analyses were done using Frequency and Percentage.
It was found out that majority of the students in ACSDI, majority of them wanted to specialized academic track particularly Business, Education and Engineering. Among the Technical-Vocational Livelihood track specializations, most of the respondents wanted to specialized Computer Programming and Fashion Accessories and. The least choice of the respondents is Plumbing and Masonry. Among the respondents, in terms of Sports Track, most of them wanted to specialized First aid, Coaching and Fitness sports. In Arts and Design Track, majority of students chose Music and Dance. Most of the respondents prefer the Academic Track and Technical-Vocational Livelihood Track.
Some of the recommendations given include- offering tracks that are based from the interest of the students who will be the Senior High School. The ACSDI schools, their respective guidance centers and the parents should have a close participation in the decision making process of the students. Also, a parallel study should be conducted in wider perspective to further validate the results of this study.
Rey Enciso, Columban College, Philippines