Catholic schools group mulls DepEd proposal for add'l 2 years

September 24, 2010 12:34 pm 

CEBU CITY, Sept. 24 – The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) has discussed the Department of Education's (DepEd) move to add two years to the basic education program, the salary increase of private school teachers, and the proposed "no assignment on weekend policy."

The 2010 CEAP National Convention, which has the theme "A Heart of Eden, a Hand at Ecology," formally opened Wednesday at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel and Casino.

The convention allows CEAP members to share their best practices in integrating education for sustainable development.

The gathering will also help find ways for the CEAP schools to "critically engage" in government, business and civil society in their pursuit of genuine national reform in education.

It will also recommend measures for more efficient and effective advocacies and services to CEAP members and partners in the international, national and local communities.

Ways on how to strengthen teaching strategies and program, research were emphasized in the program.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said they will tackle on Oct. 5 the proposed changes in tertiary education, which is seen to improve the quality of education and increase opportunities for employment after graduation.

"There will be a transition period given before any changes are made, once this is implemented," he said.

The CEAP panel affirmed the idea Luistro presented.

On teachers' salaries, Msgr. Gerardo Santos, CEAP president, said the transfer of private school teachers to public schools is a threat to the quality of education in private schools.

He said the salary of private school teachers ranges from P9,000 to P11,000, while public schools offer P17,000 for their teachers.

Luistro said they have two options, either proposing for a salary budget increase by giving subsides for teachers, as allowed in the law, or creating an enabling law that will address the issue.

On the "no-assignment-on-weekends policy," Luistro said "Children should have sufficient time to play. Play is not a distraction."

He said there have been studies saying that play contributes to greater learning.

Santos, however, said parents need to undergo training to be better educators to their children.

He said children these days do not belong to traditional families. A number of students have parents who work abroad and cannot be around for the weekend. (PNA)

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