Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -


In the 21st Cen­tury set­ting amid the con­tin­u­ously evolv­ing chal­lenges of de­liv­er­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion par­tic­u­larly in pub­lic schools, there is the call to re­visit key el­e­ments es­sen­tial to at­tain­ing the high­est stan­dards in the learn­ing process.

Fore­most of these el­e­ments is the teacher, who is per­haps the most im­por­tant fac­tor in the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion. He or she must be a trained teacher who uses teach­ing meth­ods that per­mit the pupils to par­tic­i­pate ac­tively, with teach­ing meth­ods that even out the dif­fer­ent start­ing points of the stu­dents, in­clud­ing gen­der. The teacher must have ac­cess to the teach­ing ma­te­rial needed to sat­isfy the re­quire­ments of the cur­ricu­lum to de­liver qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

An­other key el­e­ment is ed­u­ca­tional con­tent where the cur­ricu­lum and the teach­ing ma­te­rial must be rel­e­vant em­pha­siz­ing ba­sic lit­er­acy and numer­acy skills suf­fi­ciently and high­light­ing ba­sic skills such as hy­giene, nu­tri­tion, knowl­edge about HIV/ AIDS, con­flict work, gen­der equal­ity, cli­mate change or other im­por­tant na­tional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues needed by the stu­dents in the learn­ing process.

In ad­di­tion, the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment must be healthy, se­cure, pro­tec­tive, in­spir­ing and adapted for both girls and boys. When­ever pos­si­ble, there should be an in­clu­sive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment also for mi­nori­ties or pupils with dis­abil­i­ties plus a con­ducive set­ting where the pupils learn to re­spect each other and the sur­round­ing nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Fi­nally, a sim­i­larly key el­e­ment to at­tain qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is unity in the school where teach­ers co­op­er­ate to en­sure a sound learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, par­ents and the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pate in en­sur­ing that the school is a wel­com­ing place to be.

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The au­thor is Teacher II at Ba­hay Pare Na­tional High School, Clus­ter V, Con­gres­sional District IV, Divi­sion of Pam­panga

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