Davao still lags behind education for all target

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Monday, December 16, 2013

DAVAO Region and the rest of the country is still lagging behind the "education for all" target by 2015 as provided for in the United Nations-initiated Millennium Development Goal (MDG), an official said.

"This is not only true for the region but also throughout the country that we are lagging behind in terms of basic education and functional literacy which means people should be able to read, write, and count. For the region as a whole we are still below the target, " National Economic Development Authority (Neda) regional director Maria Lourdes D. Lim told reporters on Friday after the launch of the updated Davao Regional Development Plan (DRDP) 2014-2016 at the SMX Convention Center at SM Lanang Premier, along with the presentation of Revalidated Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) and the Updated Results Matrix (RM).

Based on the DRDP, for school year 2011-2012, Davao Region has a net enrollment rate of 96.4 percent in the elementary level, higher than the 86.7 target, but in the secondary level, it was only pegged at 45.03% as against the 59.8% target.

Actual completion rate in elementary level is only at 59.1%, lower than the 67.6% target. In the seconday loevel, completion rate is only at 62.3% as against the 62.7% target.

Drop-out rates were also higher with 0.7% in elementary and 4.5% in secondary versus the targeted 0.4% and 4.2%, respectively.

In the Result Matrix of the DRDP, the simple literacy rate targeted for 2013 is at 97.7 percent while the funtional literacy rate is at 93.9%.
"If you look at the MDG watch, this is one of the areas we really have to synergize our efforts and resources," Lim said.

She said the country has to make its human resources globally competitve and to achieve that, the government needs to ensure that standards are being complied with by the academic institutions.

"There are a lot of aspects why we have diffuculty in reaching the goal like physical distance, economic access, and having issues of the quality of education. We have seek other ways, aside from the traditional methods. to reach out to those who do not have access to education," she said.

Earlier, Departement of Education 11 (DepEd 11) public information officer Jenielito S. Atillo said in an interview with SunStar Davao that on of the government efforts to achieve the goal is the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the DSWD, Expanded Government Assistance for Students and Teachers in Private Education (E-GASTPE), alternative learning system (ALS), and the creation of some 3000 public school teacher positions.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 16, 2013.


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