“Matuwid na Pamamahala Tungo sa ARMM na Masagana’t Mapayapa”

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sec Kulayan directs additional priorities for programs

Regional Secretary Atty Jamar Kulayan articulated additional seven (7) program priorities in his policy direction statement before the BEE and BSE teams during the conduct of the BEE and BSE Program Implementation Review for School Year 2013-14 and Planning workshop for School Year 2014-15 in Davao City recently.

In his statement, Atty Jamar Kulayan said the seven additional priorities are the following:

(1) We have multigrade primary schools, however, he observed that no capacity building has been recently provided to teachers and school heads handling these classes.

(2) Despite of having teachers who are trained in special education, only Sulu has a SPED center and Tawi-Tawi a SPED class. The philosophy of "Education for all" or EFA will not be achieved without appropriate interventions for special children.

(3) We have two types of kindergarten teachers - regular and volunteers. The bulk of them are volunteer teachers mostly without the specialized background on "early childhood education". It is also mired in controversy as evidenced by the findings of DepEd Central Office on different types of tampering of birth certificates. Sec Kulayan reiterated the importance of a strong early childhood education.

(4) There are clamour for more textbooks; however, DepEd Central prove there was delivery as proved by contractor's acceptance receipts by concerned school officials.

(5) In his visits to the divisions, Atty Kulayan frequently hears about reading interventions; however, the interventions appear to be not filtering into improved learning performance as measured by the NAT and RAMSEA.

(6) In his observation, his unscheduled visits with Regional Governor Hataman to schools may have contributed to reduction in absenteeism among school heads and teachers.He believes this unannounced visit coupled with frequent but meaningful clinical supervision should be continued.

(7) As DepEd-ARMM expands the RAMSEA coverage to all central schools, there is a need to revisit the assessment methodology in order to expedite the process of encoding and checking as well as the obvious need for additional personnel.

This additional program priorities came after the formal turn-over of responsibility from outgoing Assistant Secretary for Program Atty Maisara Dandamun-Latiph to incoming Assistant Secretary for Program Noor Saada. In her handover statement, Atty Mai Latiph reminds everyone that one of the critical roles of educational leaders is to inspire teachers to give their best.

On his part, ASec Noor Saada accepted both challenges and opined that the best way to move forward is to start with strength-based planning informed by the best practices, peak experiences, successes and key learning of DepEd-ARMM through the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) model.

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"Matuwid na pamamahala tungo sa ARMM sa masagana't mapayapa"

English - "Good governance for a progressive and peaceful ARMM."

Sinama - "Hap pamarinta tudju ARMM na sambu maka salamat"

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