BAGUIO

Baguio councilor sets out-of-school youth monitoring

OUT-OF-SCHOOL (OSY) youth in Baguio City will be monitored, an official said.

Councilor Vladimir Cayabas said an inventory of youth is needed to assess possible spike of OSY at this time.

“Coordination between the Department of Education (DepEd) and barangay is needed for the inventory of youth (active learners and OSY). Being aware of the number of OSYs, DepEd and LGU can come up with proactive measures, like a scholarship or better ALS (alternative learning system) program, to make sure that there's an active implementation of EFA or Educ4All,” Cayabas added.

Previously, Cayabas asked private universities, colleges, schools and learning institutions to defer school fee increases for 2020-2021, fearing an increase in school dropouts.

“We provide them with scholarships for skills training or formal education. They became OSYs for four possible reasons: lack of financial support, lack of interest, early marriage and family issues,” added Cayabas, explaining possible intervention to be given OYS when needed.

Cayabas added quality of education should be monitored, as the new mode of learning was launched to conform to the "new normal" in the time of the pandemic.

“For assurance of quality education delivery, coordination between DepEd and school board with parents and teachers association participation is needed. Requiring a regular progress report is also needed from DepEd Quality Assurance Team to be submitted to the LGU through the school board,” the alderman said.


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