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PIA Press Release
2007/09/21

"MIGS-Aral Tayo" program to boost performance of Grade 1 pupils

ALABEL, Sarangani (21 September) -- Acknowledging that children's education is far from better, Governor Migs Dominguez launched in this town his self-titled MIGS-Aral Tayo Program for Grade 1 pupils.

MIGS-Aral Tayo stands for Mainstreaming Innovative Governance in Schools-Alabel's Response to Achievement and Literacy towards Attaining Aspirations of Youth.

The program launched during the town's 36th Foundation Anniversary on September 10 is poised to boost performance of Grade 1 pupils thru quality education particularly in Mathematics and English subjects.


Governor Migs Dominguez is surrounded by elementary and high school students of Alabel public schools during the town's 36th Foundation Anniversary and 6th Kasadyaan Festival on Sept. 10. (Photo: Sarangani Information Office)

Addressing the crowd, Governor Dominguez urged parents to prepare their children for school and support their needs stressing that education starts at home.

He said the government can only do so much but by working together---starting from parents, to schools, to the government-the results would be outstanding.

The launching of the program was anchored on the recent National Achievement Test (NAT) results which showed poor performance of Grade 1 Sarangani pupils.

Annalie Edday, project coordinator, said the NAT results put Sarangani at the bottom by getting only 45.84 percent and 44.35 percent average scores in English and Mathematics, respectively.

"This implies that out of 10 questions given for both English and Mathematics, Sarangani pupils got four correct answers only. Specifically, children from Alabel got only three correct answers for each subject areas," she said rationalizing why Alabel was piloted for the program.

MIGS Aral Tayo, she added was inspired and supported by Synergia Foundation and Children's Hour with P6.8 million funding allocation for a life cycle of 3 years.

Synergia Foundation, a non-government organization serves as a catalyst for educational reforms advocating quality basic education as universal right and foundation toward achieving economic development and poverty reduction.

The MIGS Aral Tayo launching was sealed in by a commitment signing led by Governor Dominguez, town Mayor Corazon Grafilo, Alabel East District supervisor Warlito Coronado, Alabel West District supervisor Guaballa Palao, NGO representative Cecille Dominguez, Business Sector representative Joel Aton, ABC president Edmon Dambong, and PTCA Federation president Abner Labaniego.

The low performance of Grade 1 pupils in school has also been attributed to lack of parents' guidance; lack of nutrition; lack of school support and facilities; and school distance from homes based on the results of the August 18 Education Summit participated in by at least 600 Grade 1 parents from the 26 schools in Alabel, Edday added. (CTA/PIA SarGen) [top]

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