MANILA, Philippines – As the year comes to an end, the Department of
Education (DepEd) is looking forward to a more productive and fruitful
year in 2011 by continuing to address the pressing issues on basic
education particularly the shortages of resources in public schools.
Earlier, Luistro reminded teachers and students to make their holiday
vacation worthwhile by spending more time with their families during
the Christmas break. “May this season remind us that the stars are
brightest when the night is darkest,” said Luistro. “I pray that our
teachers, staff, students and parents nurture the flame of hope in the
company of their loved ones,” he said.
For 2011, Luistro vowed to have better-run schools, more qualified
teachers and higher performance scores of students. In a statement, the
DepEd chief said the agency will “work tirelessly and creatively to
reduce to half our current shortages in learning resources.”
Since he assumed office in July, Luistro started to hit the ground
running in implementing the 10-point education agenda of President
Aquino. These include the 12-year basic education cycle, universal
pre-schooling for all, Madaris Education, technical vocational
education, “Every Child a Reader” by Grade 1, Science and Math
proficiency, assistance to private schools as essential partners in
basic education, rationalization of the medium of instruction, quality
textbooks, and partnering with local governments to build more schools.
Anchored on the vision of using education as the key to the long-term
problems of the Philippines, DepEd has been reassessing its programs in
keeping with the country’s commitment to democratize access to quality
education as a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that has pledged to meet the Education
For All (EFA) goals as well as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)
targets by 2015.
Making reforms in the country’s basic education entails a lot of work
but Luistro remained unfazed. “Although this as a big challenge, we
join the entire Aquino administration in contributing for the common
good of our real boss – the Filipino people, in general, and the
children youth, in particular.”
Believing that the only way to achieve reforms in education is to
engage all sectors of society, Luistro said DepEd will continue to
recognize that in addressing problems in education, engagement of
various stakeholders are requires. “As we always say, education is not
only the concern of DepEd but the concern of all,” he said.
Luistro said come 2011, DepEd will continue to strengthen
partnerships with the private sector, local government units,
legislators, the academe, and development partners to address urgent
needs in the basic education system.
Source: Manila Bulletin, Ina-Hernando Malipot, 12-27-2010