By Genalyn Kabiling
The government is moving to further advance quality basic education in the country.
President Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Department of Education (DepEd) to improve the education curriculum, expand teacher positions, and use technology-based teaching methods.
The President’s latest decision was reached following a Cabinet discussion about the country’s education system in Malacañang on Wednesday.
“Education Secretary Leonor Briones shared that her Department is already providing free education to 27.2 million learners, noting that access to education has been addressed. Moving forward, quality basic education is imperative,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
“Thus, the President approved DepEd’s recommendation to improve curriculum for students who want to pursue education and create more plantilla positions for teachers,” he said.
The education department’s proposals to produce a communication plan on quality education, and harness the use of technology to educate more students, educators and leaders were also approved by the President.
The education department will get the biggest slice of the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020. The Department of Education will get an allocation of P673 billion mainly to bankroll basic education facilities, government assistance and subsidies, school-based feeding program, and alternative learning system, among others.