DepEd - Basic Education Accessible to All by 2015

The real challenge of Education For All (EFA)
Almost is not good enough – Lapus
“Education is not for a few or for some. It is for all.”

Thus, declared Education Secretary Jesli Lapus during the 5th Mindanao educators Congress in Butuan City where he expressed confidence that can meet its target of making basic education accessible to all by 2015.

DepEd since 2006 has instituted many reforms that have contributed to the steady improvement of education indicators. “Still we have a lot of work to do, if we really want to achieve Education For All (EFA) goals in 2015.

The EFA goals, particularly on Universal Primary Education, state that all children should have access to educational opportunities. “All means 100%. Anything less than 100% by 2015 constitutes a failure in reaching our EFA commitment,” he explained.

He stressed, “This is the real challenge of EFA: almost is not good enough.”
Lapus leads educators in beefing up its Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda (BESRA) to meet EFA goals. BESRA aims to systematically improve nationwide basic education outcomes. Its key component – School-Based Management -- (SBM) empowers school heads to make localized decision based on their own unique needs. As part of SBM, school heads are required to come up with School Improvement Plan (SIP) that also includes creating linkages with the local government and the private sector for the improvement of their schools.
“Our success in implementing BESRA in the short term can translate to achieving our EFA commitments in the long term,” Lapus said.

By next year, the department aims to reach 94% participation rate for elementary and 72% for high school; a cohort survival rate of 81% for elementary and 90% for high school.

DepEd also aims to reach completion rate of 79% for elementary and 85% for high school and to reduce our dropout rates to 4% for elementary and 2% for high school,” Lapus added.

He noted that DepEd will be coordinating closely with UNESCO, “so that the two institutions can share information better, leading to a more accurate assessment of the country’s standing in terms of the EFA goals.” He said, “We expect that in simultaneous and coordinated change, we would produce better results than the fragmented and pilot-based initiatives that were abundant in the past.”

He urged the heads in the region to, “to make sure that all your initiatives are anchored on the key reform thrusts of BESRA.”

“If your teachers and parents do not understand the full implications of BESRA yet, I implore you to invest in making them understand and support our reform initiatives,” he added. He stressed, “If we are all on the same page, starting from the Central Office to the PTAs, our chances for success will be very high.”
During the congress, DepEd’s existing programs and projects will be revisited as they correlate to the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) and EFA Targets for the six regions in Mindanao.

The best practices in Education will be presented and bench marked. Resource persons on SEDIP, BESRA, Madrasah Education, Project STRIVE in Visayas, Mindanao Peace Initiatives, Project BEAM, ICT and Project EXCEL will discuss their projects during the plenary sessions.

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7 Komento ng Ulirang Guro:

This is consider an idealistic view on Education. Is it attainable?

please include the teachers in the upcoming random drug testing..especially the boys..but please make a memorandum requesting that the teachers should be included not in the random drug testing but all boys..bec our students will not really really believe in us teachers if there are still teacher-pusher destroying the lives of many students...there are still..i just dont want to mention..but please if yiur going to inculde them dont it announce in advance maybe one day before so that they cant do anything about it..what i mean is they cant drink something just to hide that they are drug users...thank you...

please bring this matter to the higher authority. you do not need DepEd for this. What you need is to go to the nearest police station.

i don't have any evidence to support mt allegation, that's why i am requesting that....please bear with me..

and if they do include least all teachers all over the phil will be tested...that is if you are really concerned with our students...and also no student will support my allegation given that most of the students here really dont say where and to whom they got the drugs..

i think as a future educator do things wisely that are much accesible and more useful to the students..most specially their hidden skills so that they participate without hesitation..

yes i also realize that not so much teacher were able to assist the pupils in discovering their hidden talents.

the results is uncertain and doubted career