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DepEd to award outstanding Reading Teachers

Pasig City (21 September) -- The Department of Education (DFA) concludes the Search For Outstanding Reading Teachers (SORT) with the awarding of P150, 000 to the winners for their significant contribution in improving reading efficiency among elementary students.

Open to all elementary public school teachers from Grade 1 to 3, SORT recognizes the awardees' involvement in the success of the Every Child A Reader Program (ECARP). The awarding ceremony is set on September 21.

ECARP is a DepEd initiative that develops age-appropriate reading proficiency in students by fostering a reading culture in schools. Under the program, pupils are expected to have reached a certain level of reading mastery by Grade III.

"Our educators have played a major role in the implementation of ECARP," Secretary Jesli Lapus said. "Through their efforts, the program has achieved its goals as evidenced by the impressive results in the 2007 Reading Comprehension Test."

Nominees from all 17 regions are presently in Manila for the final interview. Each candidate is a full-time teacher with no less than three years of experience as a reading teacher.

Aside from trophies, three national finalists are to be awarded cash incentives of P75,000 for the Grand National winner, P50, 000 for the first runner-up and P25,000 for the second runner-up.

In addition, the awardees will each receive books worth P25,000 for their respective schools.

Moreover, all of the regional finalists who have hurdled eliminations in the school and division levels will each get a plaque of recognition and P10,000. The schools of the finalists as well as the division and regional offices will also be given plaques of recognition. (DepEd) [top]

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