President Aquino orders release of P1.4B for pre-school education

October 7, 2011 9:41 pm 

By Joann Santiago

MANILA, Oct. 7 – President Benigno Aquino III has directed the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to release P1.4 billion for the government’s pre-school program.

Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said the fund would be used by the Department of Education (DepEd) for the implementation of the Pre-School Education for All Children nationwide.

“True to its commitment to education as a core strategy for human investment, the Aquino administration wants to improve the readiness of pre-school children before they enter grade one,” he said.

Abad said bulk of the fund amounting to P1.38 billion would be used for the compensation of volunteer teachers from June to December this year.

He said the funding would be released directly to DepEd regional offices.

Also, some P32.4 million of this release would be allocated for the training, monitoring and conduct of other related activities in the implementation of the Kindergarten Program for the current school year and this would be released to DepEd Central Office.

DepEd has two types of Kindergarten Education Programs – the Kindergarten Regular Program (KRP) and the Kindergarten Volunteer Program (KVP).

Under the first system, the class is handled by permanent teachers who has two classes each and with 25-30 pupils per class.

While the other is handled by teachers who have no item in the DepEd Plantilla of Personnel but have complied with its various requirements.

Under the second system, five year-old kids who cannot be accommodated in the KRP are enrolled in this program.

The volunteer teachers are given an allowance of P3,000 per month per class or P6,000 for a maximum of two classes with 11-30 pupils per class or six hours of teaching time per day; or P1,500 per month per class with 10 or less pupils on in multi-grade (MG) schools.

Citing DepEd data, Abad, who was a former DepEd Secretary, said that a total of 1,195,439 students are currently enrolled in the government’s pre-school program nationwide.

Bulk of these students numbering to 144,068 are in Region III while those in Region IV-A came in second at 135,419 pupils and third is Region VII with 109,429 students.

On the other hand, the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) registered the lowest pre-school enrollment with 19,344 students.

Abad said they received the pre-school program release request last Sept. 19, 2011 and released the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) on Oct. 4, 2011. (PNA)

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