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DepEd exec to launch Strive Project in Cebu

Cebu City (17 September) -- Education Undersecretary Ramon C. Bacani will be in Cebu tomorrow for the launching of the second phase implementation of the STRIVE (Strengthening the Implementation of the Visayas Education) Project at the Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office (Dep-Ed 7).

The DepEd 7 is one of the recipients of the project which is in support of the Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda (BESRA).

STRIVE is designed to assist the Dep-Ed to improve the performance of school students in Science, Mathematics and English and to provide basic education and/or livelihood opportunities for out-of-school youths and their families.

A subsidiary agreement on the implementation of the STRIVE Project between the Australian Government and the Philippine Government was signed on September 21, 2005 with a five-year coverage.

The STRIVE Phase 1 covered selected provinces in Regions VII and VIII initially in Bohol and Northern Samar for an18-month implementation period.

During the Phase 1 implementation, a feasibility study on the expansion of the project to cover additional components and divisions within the two regions and the subsequent preparation of the design for phase II will then be undertaken.

Improving the quality of education has been one of the priority thrusts of the Arroyo Administration as the President vowed to up and modernize the country's educational system before her term ends in 2010.

President Arroyo has bared that the government has increased the budget allocation of the Dep-Ed to P150B this year from P129B last year in an effort to modernize the educational system.

Another P4B has been allotted for student loans, business-funded training and expansion of state universities and colleges under the helm of the Commission on Higher Education for the technical and vocational education. This has resulted to an increase of beneficiaries of student loans from 40T last year to 200T this year, this is learned.

Other accomplishments cited by President Arroyo in the area of education included the construction of 15T classrooms last year and implemented two shifts a day with a ratio of 50 grade school students in every classroom, except in some conflict areas and the hiring of 40T teachers since 2001 and trained about 200T teachers.

Mrs. Arroyo further added that the government also produced 120M textbooks and teachers' manuals and was able to provide one textbook per grade school student for English, Filipino, science, mathematics and social studies subjects, a far cry from the one textbook for every five pupils in the past.

A press conference is scheduled after the launching tomorrow afternoon where Bacani is expected to give a report on the outcome of the STRIVE phase 1 implementation in the region. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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