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2008/02/21

Secretary Lapus spells out DepEd's three priority thrusts

Koronadal City (21 February) -- The Secretary of Education who was the principal guest of the opening program of the National School Press Conference currently held in this city, told media in a press conference yesterday, February 18, that the Department of Education (DepEd) is focusing on top three priorities.

The first of these three, according to DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus, is to increase the readiness test rating of preschoolers going to grade one from the current 35 percent to 40 then to 60 percent.

When we say ready, the child should know how to submit to his/her teacher. He/she knows the alphabet and knows how to count, Lapus pointed out.

The second thrust, Secretary Lapus disclosed, is to help elevate the 35% low performance of schools in the National Achievement Test. While we are very happy with the 12% improvement that we achieved in this test last year, we have to do some thing to improve the performance of these schools considered in ICU cases, the DepEd Secretary said.

There are 43,000 schools in DepEd. We want as much as possible that all of them have equal access/equal education/equal ratings, etc. It is just that these particular schools should be given attention. It is our duty and responsibility to elevate them. Each superintendent will be expected to determine the reasons for low performance, Lapus added.

Teacher's training particularly in English proficiency is the third thrust that DepEd is pursuing, according to Secretary Lapus. He explained that the backbone of education is not the textbooks or classrooms but the competency, attitude and professionalism of the teachers.

Teacher's welfare is top in our lists and that is why the President is making an appeal to congress to pass the Salary Standardization Law (Part 3), Lapus said. (PIA 12) [top]

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