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History of CENTEX
The idea for a CENTEX was developed when Ayala Foundation, Inc. was hard put to find candidates for its scholarship program in technical and vocational education. Graduates from public high schools had to be coached and tutored to enable them to pass the qualifying examinations and to survive the two-year course. It was therefore evident that excellence in the elementary education level can address the lack of basic skill.
CENTEX mission, vision and goals are the basis and framework for its unique, and finely crafted curriculum. The Project Director with representatives from the Division of City Schools—Manila, and a team of volunteer educators from Assumption College and the International School, continually update and refine this curriculum to incorporate the latest educational trends and research.
Two schools have already been built:
The first CENTEX is located within the Gregorio del Pilar school compound in Tondo, Manila. Though within the purview of the Department of Education and the City Government of Manila, primary funding for this CENTEX comes from an endowment fund set up by corporate champion AYALA LAND, INC. and managed by AYALA FOUNDATION, INC. In October 2000, GLOBE TELECOM, INC. funded a second CENTEX in Batangas with the help of Pure Foods Corporation and the Provincial Government of Batangas.
CENTEX Manila graduated its first class of 71 students last March 29, 2005. For them, a partnership was forged with the College of the Holy Spirit Manila. The CHSM-CENTEX partnership, however, has been put on hold pending a research on the success and failure of CENTEX students.
On March 22, 2007, a new partnership was signed with the Sta. Isabel College in Taft Ave. for the CENTEX Manila graduates of 2005 to 2007. For the 1st class of graduates of CENTEX Batangas, another partnership was made with St. Bridget College, Alitagtag.