To address “learning loss” among students caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) has set strategies anchored on the Basic Education Development Plan (BEDP) 2030.
“Right now, on the learning loss, we are trying to address that long term with what we call the Basic Education Development Plan or the BEDP 2030, anchored on the four pillars: access, equity, quality and resiliency,” DepEd Spokesman Michael Poa said in a presser last week.
To ensure continued access to education, Poa underscored the importance of infrastructure such as school buildings and classrooms — among others.
To achieve equity, he pointed out the need for “all schools to have proper funding.”
To help improve the quality of education in the country, Poa said that learning materials should be improved and teachers should undergo upskilling and reskilling.
DepEd, he added, will also focus on the aspect of resiliency so it can better respond to yearly calamities and other challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
The BEDP, Poa said, will be DepEd’s “guiding principles in improving education in the next six years and beyond.”
Developed under the leadership of former Education Secretary Leonor Briones, the BEDP 2030 is the first long-term plan of the DepEd for basic education — covering formal education from five to 18 years old and non-formal education for youth and adults.
Currently, Poa explained that DepEd is also reviewing the K to 12 curriculum – especially the Senior High School (SHS) curriculum to focus on skills matching.
“That’s our biggest problem right now because when the learners graduate, they should be employable but they are not employed because their skills do not match the demands of the industries,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Poa said that under the leadership of Vice President Sara Duterte, DepEd will also strengthen efforts to invest in young Filipinos.
“This is what this administration intends to do in the next six years, we will be investing in the youth,” he added.