10-point education agenda

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By Lorenzo E. Mendoza

The Scribe’s Corner

Sunday, May 5, 2013


DIRECTOR’S Cut: "I am your team leader and you are my teammates; together, let us work as a team." - DepEd 11 Regional Director Gloria D. Benigno, CESO IV.

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With various activities like K to 12 Mass Training for Grade 2 and 8 Teachers to start on May 17, National Schools Maintenance Week (Brigada Eskwela) on May 20-24 and Oplan Balik Eskwela a week after the Brigada prior to the opening of SY 2013-2014, it is but proper to review the 10-Point Education Agenda of the current administration.

The following, which were culled from DepEd website www.deped.gov.ph, is enumerated below:

A 12-year basic education cycle. The implementation of the K to 12 Program will be phased to make the country’s education system at par with international standards. Under this program, Universal kindergarten is already being offered this SY 2011-2012. This school year, the schools are offering Grade 2 in the elementary and Grade 8 in the secondary.

Universal Pre-schooling for all. Universal kindergarten offered in SY 2011-2012, with a budget allocation of P2.3 billion. The Kindergarten curriculum adapts a thematic approach, focused on the following domains:

Values Education, Physical Health and Motor Development, Social and Emotional Development, Cognitive Development, Creative Arts, Language and Readiness for Reading and Writing & Language, Literacy and Communications.

Establish the Madaris Education as a sub-system in the current education system. The Kindergarten Madrasah Curriculum has been developed and will be piloted in selected schools in August 2011.The Refined Elementary Madrasah Curriculum (REMC) being implemented in SY 2011-2012 and the instructional learning materials is undergoing review. The development of the Secondary Madrasah Curriculum is on its final stage.

Re-introduce technical and vocational education in public high schools. Techvoc curricula for Grades 11 and 12 are being developed as part of the K to 12 Program. There are 282 techvoc high schools nationwide specializing in Arts and Trade, Agriculture, and Fishery.

Every child a reader by Grade 1. Ongoing implementation of the Every Child a Reader Program (ECARP). In 2010, Reading Recovery (RR) was added to ECARP. This new component gives children beginning to fall behind in reading and writing a second chance. It identifies children having difficulty early so that specialized one-on-one assistance from a teacher trained in RR is provided. The pilot implementation started in 2010-2011 in Regions NCR, V, VI and XI.

Improve science and mathematics. The Science & Technology-Oriented High School (ESEP) Program is one of the flagship programs for the development of Science, Mathematics and research. ESEP was initially implemented in 112 public secondary schools nationwide. In 2010, the program was expanded to 86 secondary schools.

Expand government assistance to private education. DepEd implements the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) to support the schooling of secondary school children in private schools. The GASTPE program is aimed at democratizing and improving access to quality secondary education through government extension of financial assistance to deserving elementary school graduates who wish to pursue their secondary education in private schools.

Use of mother-language instruction. A series of trainings are being conducted for trainers and teachers on Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education. Instructional materials in major languages (Tagalog, Ilokano, Pangasinense, Bikolano, Kapampangan, Hiligaynon, Bisaya & Waray) have been developed.

Better textbooks. DepEd is continuing efforts to improve the screening and selection process of textbook evaluators. Orientation seminars conducted for authors, publishers, editors, illustrators, book designers and other stakeholders developing textbooks and teacher’s manuals for public school use.

Build more schools in cooperation with LGUs. Established in early 2011, the Counter-Parting for Classroom, Construction Program calls on local government units (LGUs) to participate in the provision of new classrooms to schools.

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You can access DepEd Updates, latest issuances and other relevant information through our website: region11.deped.gov.ph. and our official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/deped.regionxi For comments, suggestions and/or contributions, email to depedregion11@gmail.com. For queries, complains and other concerns, call DepEd Region 11 at (082) 227-9342 or fax to (082) 227-1102 and (082) 221-6147.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 06, 2013.

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