The Department of Education (DepEd) is pushing for reforms in the country’s basic education system under the Aquino Administration through its K to 12 program.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said this when he spoke with selected educators at the DepEd Central Office in Pasig City last Friday, June 15, during a thanksgiving mass for the success of the K to 12 launch.
According to Luistro, some of the changes include the provision of more teacher trainings such as intensive inservice training (INSET), salary increase and non-wage benefits, creation of plantilla positions for the mentors in public elementary and secondary schools, and seeking help from corporate leaders for possible donations of textbooks and school supplies.
“When I assumed office at DepEd, I was asked by my colleagues when can we solve the perennial problems on lack of classrooms, chairs, and teachers. I told them, now is the time,” Luistro said during the event.
Luistro noted the reforms will possibly stop some public school teachers from selling “longganisa” (sausage) inside classrooms.
“We seek support from all stakeholders in Philippine education, especially the business sector, to help us in our continuing efforts to address the needs of the country’s basic education system within the next four years,” Luistro said.