May 17, 2010
DO 51, s. 2010
Guidelines on Strengthening Science Education at the Elementary Level
  1. The Department of Education through the Bureau of Elementary Education is implementing the Special Science Elementary Schools (SSES) Project. Now, on its 4th year of implementation, the SSES Project has increased its coverage to 100 schools in the 16 regions. To enhance the operations of the project, financial subsidy shall be downloaded to implementing schools and regions to augment their resources to pursue innovations as reflected in their approved School Improvement Plans (SIP). The allocations of each implementing school, division and region is in Enclosure No. 1.
  2. The financial subsidy for the SSES schools shall be utilized for the following:
2.1. Enhancement of teachers and school heads capability and participation to conferences, trainings, seminars and immersion training in science oriented schools;
2.2. Development of pupil activities such as investigatory projects, leadership training, workshops and/or educational visits and participation in Science related activities;
2.3. Procurement of instructional materials/resources/gadgets/devices including reference books, textbooks, psychological tests, video materials and software in Science, Mathematics and English;
2.4. Payment of Internet subscription;
2.5. Procurement of Instructional devices/ facilities e.g. science models, apparatuses, etc. including maintenance and repair of said facilities;
2.6. Organization of classes
  1. The financial allocations for the divisions and regions involved shall be utilized for tracking program implementation, technical assistance, screening and identification of classes and evaluation of the Program as stipulated in DepED Order No. 73, s. 2008 “Guidelines on the Utilization of Financial Assistance to the SSES Project.”
  2. Upon receipt of the funds from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Budget Division, Finance and Management Service (FMS), DepED Central Office shall immediately issue Sub-Allotment Release Order (Sub-AROs) to the Schools Division Offices concerned which will administer the implementation of the program.
  3. Financial and physical accomplishment reports of activities undertaken using the attached template shall be submitted to the Director, Bureau of Elementary Education (BEE). Likewise, the Regional/Division Development Plan/School Improvement Plan citing activities for the SSES Project for the ensuing year shall be furnished to the same Office.
  4. Immediate and wide dissemination of this Order as well as compliance with the guidelines is desired.
Mona D. Valisno