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More Capiz pupils finish elementary studies - study

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (21 February) -- There is a decrease in the drop out rate of children enrolled in the public schools of Capiz.

Education Supervisor Martha Bermejo of the Department of Education in the Division of Capiz said that the average drop out rate of the Division in School Year (SY) 2006 to 2007 slowed down to 2.09 percent compared to the 2.46 percent in 2005-2006.

Bermejo also revealed that the cohort survival rate as well as the completion rate of elementary pupils increased from 55.17 percent in SY 2005-2006 to 61.43 percent in SY 2006-2007.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently called for the restructuring of the country's educational system to enhance its quality with less number of school dropouts.

The President has called all stakeholders to join forces to bring the Philippines to the forefront of quality education.

During the First Biennial Education Congress, the President called for the highest standard of education and less number of school dropouts.

As early as 2001, the Chief Executive noted that her administration's "single act" of stopping the collection of miscellaneous fees during the enrollment period "brought in almost one million children to school."

The Arroyo administration has hired a total of some 65,000 new teachers from 2001 to 2007 15,000 of them in 2001, and more than 50,000 between 2002 and 2007.

As of 2006, a total of 100,000 teachers had also been trained in Math and Science. The President has also set aside P1 billion for the in-service training of teachers for this year.

Meanwhile, President Arroyo recently congratulated the DepEd for its implementation of the Food-for-School Program (FSP) as she noted that one of the problems cited in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) is the high dropout rate of elementary school children.

The FSP programs entice parents to send their children to school, the study showed. (PIA) [top]

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