Marie Kris “MK” Balansad is an honor student of Caubian High School in Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu. She is currently taking General Academic Strand at the Science and Technology Education Center (STEC) Senior High School. She travels weekly to go to school and strives to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher.
Coming from a poor family, whose parents are fisher folks in the island, never in her wildest dream did she think that she could proceed to Senior High School and even more so in STEC, where distance is separated by miles of land and water travel. The financial challenge has crippled the interest of MK but she braved the odds and seek support and help from STEC teachers and school benefactors. Fortunately, MK was granted financial aid from one of the partners of STEC, the PhiI IINO Corp. through Engineer Ecarma. She is doing well in her chosen strand and giving her best to achieve her goals.
STEC strongly advocates for the enhancement of leadership skills and capacitate the poor but deserving individuals and provide educational opportunities to the marginalized sector of the community for them to overcome systemic barriers and make them aware of a better Economic Participation through holistic education and academic programs.
STEC build bridges between sectors and sub-sectors including grassroots organizations, companies and industries, academics, and policy makers, in order to provide training and quality education to young students.
Currently, STEC has 167 Senior High School students. Out of the total number of enrollees, there are four (4) students coming from the neighbouring island of Lapu-Lapu City (Olango Island and Sta. Rosa). These students are enrolled in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) and General Academic Strand (GAS) strands. These students are economically deprived with parents whose means of income is solely fishing. Coming from an island, travelling and going to STEC is a challenge for them, not only in terms of distance, but more on the financial capacity to fund for the lodging house, food allowance, and transportation. Nevertheless, MK is very determined to finish her Senior High School in STEC.
Marie Kris is now happily studying in STEC. She is committed to pursue her ambition of becoming a public school teacher and eventually serve back in the Division of Lapu-Lapu, particularly, in her hometown
“I am very grateful to STEC SHS for accepting me. I never thought I would be given a chance to be part of the school that caters to the academically gifted and talented students. I will do my best to study well to the best of my abilities,” said M.K.