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Zambo mayor challenges DepEd to achieve quality education

Zamboanga City (February 29) -- Mayor Celso Lobregat has challenged public school superintendents, administrators and principals in Western Mindanao to aim for quality education, a major strategy considered to bring about poverty alleviation.

"We have a long, long way to go but this is the best and opportune time for you educators to not only to set goals but arrive at solutions to achieve this goal of quality education", the mayor told school officials involved in the Regional Team Supervision during a program held at the City Coliseum Thursday.

The Regional Team Supervision is an activity that allows DepEd officials to validate and assess the performance of students and teachers in the region. Zamboanga City has been selected as the observation area. Zamboanga City High School main is the site for the regional team supervision on high school while Tetuan Central School is the site for the regional team supervision on elementary.

In his message, Lobregat highlighted the unwavering support and assistance of the city government of Zamboanga to the education sector with the overriding goal of improving quality education.

The city government, he said has been construction classrooms and other school facilities, hiring teachers, distributing computers and other equipment purposely to upgrade school facilities, reduce classroom-student ratio and to minimize teacher shortage.

The mayor said funding allocation for the education sector has been consistently improving in the last five years. In 2005, combined allocation for special education fund and the general fund appropriation for education was P48.4 million, this amount almost doubled in 2006 when the city allocated P70.4 million and in 2007 the amount soared to P103.8 million. For 2008, the allocation is record breaking P198.48 million, according to the mayor.

"The city government of Zamboanga for the information of everybody, considers education a top priority", he said while admitting that it is the primary responsibility of the DEPED to fund public education but the city remains unwavering in its support.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lobregat said there is a need to improve the cohort or dropout level in both the elementary and secondary levels.

One proof, he said that the country is lagging behind in terms of quality education is the low passing rate in the examination for teachers, pegged at 13 percent, in the region recently.

But Lobregat said with the DEPED and the city government of Zamboanga and other LGUs in the region working together, the goal of achieving quality education is not farfetched.

DEPED Regional Director Dr. Jesus Nieves keynoted the orientation program for the Regional Team Supervision.

After the orientation, the school administrators were deployed to the areas assigned for observation.

The outputs of the observation process will serve as the basis in the setting of goals for the next school year. (CIO/PIA 9-zc) [top]

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