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Friday, September 20, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO---The City Government of San Fernando on Friday spearheaded an education summit at Heroes Hall in response to the urgent and critical need to improve the quality of basic education.
Together with Department of Education officials led by City Schools Division Superintendent Esperanza Laya, were heads and representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, teachers, students and other allied stakeholders gathered for the whole day summit themed "Reaching Out and Building a Better Community."
"Stakeholders are responding to the urgent and critical need to improve the quality of education in the Philippines through a major education reform known as K to 12, which means kindergarten, six years of elementary or primary education, four years of junior high school and additional two years of senior high school," Laya said.
She said the reform aims to decongest and enhance the basic curriculum for learners to master the basic competencies, lengthening the cycle of basic education to cover kindergarten through year 12.
"This is to ensure that graduates will be holistically- developed Filipinos with globally competitive skills and that they will be more prepared for higher education, middle skills development, employment and entrepreneurship," she added.
Laya said School Year 2016-2017 will be a milestone for Philippine Basic Education as Senior High School or SHS will be implemented nationwide.
"This is the spirit behind this education summit since much preparation will take place and DepEd must start planning on the division level to ensure seamless implementation in three years. Preparing for SHS requires managing a set of moving parts and there are policy decisions that need to be finalized on the national level through internal and external assessments which will be the foundation of the infrastructure plan," she stressed.
Mayor Edwin Santiago, for his part, said the City Government fully supports the implementation of the SHS in the city's various public schools.
"This is very good since K to 12 is holistic and will address a lot of concerns like mismatches, employment and livelihood in general. The city government fully supports the program through education summits like this," he said.
The summit tackled issues like school readiness and linkages with the concerned agencies and groups like the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 21, 2013.