Iloilo City lauded for zero-dropout rate in schools
Iloilo City (19 June) -- Presidential Assistant for Education Undersecretary Mona Valisno recently lauded the Iloilo Central Elementary School (ICES) for maintaining the zero drop-out rate performance it registered last school year 2008-2009 that is worthy of emulation of other schools.
Valisno told pupils, teachers and parents who braved the heavy downpour during a recent education event held in the school that she will report this accomplishment to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The President was supposed to attend the event but due to bad weather her trip was cancelled.
"So dito pa lang may report na ako kay Presidente na ginagampanan po ninyo ang dapat mangyari," said Valisno as she cited the close coordination between teachers and parents in ICES as among the significant factors in achieving the zero-drop out rate.
Valisno said education remains a top concern of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo pointing out that the education sector got a big share in this year’s budget.
To further ensure the provision of quality education in the country, Valisno added that President Arroyo has created a Presidential Task Force on Education (PTFE) which is tasked to assess, plan and set the policy direction in reforming the country's educational system.
Valisno, along with the heads of the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Professional Regulations Commission; and representatives from the private sectors composed the PTFE.
According to Valisno achieving the zero drop-out rate among schools is one of the thrusts of the program called the "Philippine Main Education Highway" that intends to implement education reforms focusing in improving the quality of education to produce competitive citizens.
The ICES accomplishment could be used as model for other schools on how to maintain the zero drop-out rate said Valisno.
ICES is the only Level I accredited school in Western Visayas. It is also one of the ten schools in Iloilo City that implement the Special ESM (English, Science and Mathematics) Classes, a program anchored on the DepEd's thrust to provide quality education for every Filipino.
ESM was one of the reforms identified under the education highway and recommended by the PTFE to President Arroyo.
Under the program, English, Science and Mathematics properly integrated into a well-planned information and communication technology (ICT) scheme are taught throughout the entire grade level to better train and improve the students' grasps on the concepts they are exposed to.
During the event, together with the other DepEd officials, Valisno had the chance to observe on-going classes under the ESM trained teachers at ICES including the English class of teacher Jonah Gobuyan who was then discussing the topic "Fuel for Life" with her Grade I pupils. (PIA) [top]