Dabawenyos learn more on DepEd’s 'GO! Education' campaign program

August 31, 2012 12:57 am 

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 30 — The recent exposition of the Department of Education (DepEd) campaign program at SM City Davao provided the people of Davao the opportunity to know about the "Greater Opportunities! Education" or "GO! Education".

The GO! Education campaign focuses on the three primary components towards improving access and quality of basic education, namely improving Teacher Quality, Curriculum Enhancements through the K + 12 Basic Education Program, and addressing the gaps in Resources.

In an interview here with Undersecretary Anna Cristina M. Ganzon, Office of the Secretary, Department of Education, she said, "there are challenges in the education system and we need to respond to the problems we face".

Bringing down to the regions the interactive exhibit, she said this will help the public understand and know what the government is doing.

She said the GO! Education is a campaign to bring the advocacy of education reform closer to the public.

She said several reforms had been acted upon, saying about 140,000 Grade 1 and Grade 7 teachers were trained even as she said that the improvement of curriculum is an important component of the GO! Education.

Streamlining the curriculum she said will improve mastery of basic competencies.

The budget of the department, Ganzon said has been significantly increased over the last three years and is aimed at all education reforms including five resource gaps: classrooms, teacher items, water and sanitation facilities, textbooks and seats.

Salaries of teachers, she said also has been addressed with an entry level salary of P18,000 monthly even as she said 80 percent of the department's budget goes to salaries.

She also said the department aims for zero backlog.

Although, she said this does not mean there will be no more need for classrooms because pupil population continue to increase each year.

To date, pupil population is at one million.

Ganzon said the Expo so far had gained positive responses. It provided better understanding to the general public regarding DepEd and its efforts in responding to education concerns.

The Go! Education Expo was first held in SM City North Edsa before coming to Davao City then to Cebu, Pampanga, Bacoor, Manila. (PNA)

LAP/DIGNA D. BANZON/LDP/UTB

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