Zamboanga City (20 August 2014) – The Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will pilot four special programs in 23 public secondary schools in the region this school year to help students develop skills in journalism, arts, sports and foreign language.
Noor Saada, DepEd-ARMM assistant secretary for programs, said the special programs are geared for students with different learning styles to express themselves.
He said it will also help reduce the number of drop-outs as students who are otherwise bored with the regular secondary program will have other additional motivations to finish school and pursue their interest.
DepEd-ARMM is working with ARMM’s Bureau of Public Information, Bureau on Cultural Heritage, Regional Sports Coordinating Office and the Bureau of Madaris Education in the implementation of the program.
School heads and teachers who will handle the programs attended a three-day orientation on 12-14 August that included enrichment activities provided by resource persons from DepEd-ARMM’s partner agencies.
“They also planned how this program will take shape or will be implemented in their schools in terms of classroom management, school operation, division technical assistance and regional policy and resource support,” Saada said.
He said the special programs will be introduced to classes of 35 Grade 7 students who will exhibit inclination or interest in the selected skills.
ARMM Education Secretary Jamar Kulayan said they are committed to provide policy and resource support to the schools where the programs will be piloted. (Bureau of Public Information)