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PIA Press Release
2008/08/21

Dep-Ed prioritizes upgrade of teachers, school heads and non-teaching staff

By Renee F. De Guzman

San Fernando City, La Union (21 August) -- In a bid to improve the delivery of the quality of basic education in the country, the Department of Education has included among its priorities this school year the upgrade of the competencies of school heads and the teachers in English, Science and Mathematics.

Believing that the school principals are critical in delivering basic quality education, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus recently tapped the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH) to initially train 1,600 school principals nationwide under the DepEd EXCELS - Excellence Leadership in Southeast Asia.

"By upgrading their competencies, we optimize the principal's leadership and management capabilities while upgrading them on the latest trends in curriculum and instruction", he said.

The combination of online classes, individual coaching through the Internet and face-to-face sessions will help maximize group and individual learning, while ensuring that the outputs are produced by the principals themselves.

Earlier, school managers, head teachers, and principals were also trained in developing school Implementation Plan and Annual Implementation Plan and forging partnership with various education stakeholders. The programs for leaders were conducted by the Asian Institute of Management.

Meanwhile, DepEd has so far trained 211,000 teachers or 91 percent of its target this school year all over the country.

In the Ilocos Region, the department has trained in the Elementary level, about 619 English teachers; 104 mathematics teachers; and 98 Science teachers. Whereas, in the Secondary level, a total of 221 teachers, supervisors and school heads were trained in English; 318 teachers in Mathematics; and 310 teachers in Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

Recognizing the critical roles of the non-teaching staff in attaining the department's goals, DepEd has also conducted trainings for their administrative staff, librarians, guidance counselors and medical and dental support staff.

In addition, trainings were also conducted for teachers of pre-school children, and day care centers and special children.

The Department of Education has an estimated 532,000 teaching staff nationwide. (PIA La Union) [top]

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