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Duterte admin 100% behind reforms to improve education quality – Nograles

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By Prince Golez

The national government fully supports the new initiative of the Department of Education (DepEd) to further advance quality basic education in the Philippines, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said.

“The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is 100% supportive of the DepEd’s new initiative to raise the quality of basic education in the country as the President recognizes that education is one of the keys to improving the lives of our countrymen,” said Nograles in a statement.

During the launching of DepEd’s Sulong EduKalidad or Sama-samang Pagsulong ng EduKalidad program on Tuesday, the Palace official noted that government investment in education has yielded positive returns, citing the increased enrollement rate in primary and secondary education.

“The country’s cohort survival rate and completion rates, on the other hand, have consistently risen while dropout rates have been decreasing at both the primary and secondary levels,” according to him.

He explained that from 2015 to 2017, primary and secondary CSR rose to 93.7 percent and 85.6 percent, respectively.

Completion rates, on one hand, rose to 92.4 percent at the primary level and 84.3 percent at the secondary level.

“While these gains should be celebrated, Secretary (Leonor) Briones has pointed out that the biggest challenge facing basic education in the country today is quality––particularly in the learning outcomes of our students,” said Nograles.

This, he added, is the rationale behind DepEd efforts to raise the quality of education in the country––efforts that include Sulong EduKalidad.

Among the measures to be adopted in the program are updating of the K-12 Curriculum to keep it responsive; instituting improvements in the learning environment of our students; encouraging multi-stakeholder support and cooperation; and adopting programs focused on the upskilling and reskilling of teachers to address current gaps.

“We have the resources to make this program work, we have a national government that is behind you 100%, and we have a President who is a believer in the power of education to uplift the lives of our people,” the former lawmaker said.

“Together let us confront the challenges in the education sector head-on, and work to successfully close the gaps and address the issues so that we can help the Filipino youth achieve their full potential,” he added.

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