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P230.5-M set for Iloilo school improvement

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (13 February) -- A total of P230.5 million is set to be released by the Department of Education (DepEd) to selected 5,000 elementary and secondary schools nationwide to pursue school improvements plans aimed to achieve better student performance.

The DepEd press report disclosed that the grant is set to be released in school year 2008-2009. Each recipient school- 4,000 elementary and 1,000 secondary school will be granted P46,100 to fund activities to fund activities outlined in the schools annual implementation plan which has been consolidated by schools division office.

The report further disclosed that Region VI with 436 schools was identified as one of the recipients along with Region IV-A topping the list with 499 elementary and secondary schools; Region III- 488; Region V- 463; and Region I- 447.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said that "the initiative to implement School-Based Management under the Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda (BESRA) will hopefully result to a much improved education indicators and better school performance of our students".

The 500,000 elementary and high schools which qualified for the grant met the following criteria: 1) the school has a school improvement plan prepared in cooperation with the school's internal and external stakeholders; 2) the school is addressing one or more problems involving poor student performance, high drop-out rate, and low completion rate; 3) the school has a school head either a principal or a head teacher; and 4) it has a strong school-community partnership, the DepEd press report said.

The school grant must be used for school-based capacity building especially in English, Filipino, Science and Mathematics, among others. The fund can also be used to reproduce classroom assessment tools, purchase of supplementary instructional materials and purchase/reproduction of training materials.

BESRA is a project of DepEd which aims to systematically improve nationwide basic education outcomes.

The DepEd has been stepping up its efforts to improve the quality of public education by earmarking more funds especially in the area of teaching-learning process. The government and private spending sector spending to improve basic education rose 16 percent from P121.9 billion in 2006 to P141.3 billion in 2007.(PIA) [top]

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