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Senate allots P1.5-B for teachers’ training under ‘Matatag’ program

- A report from Leonel Abasola/ PNA)

THE SENATE Committee on Finance approved a Php1.5-billion allocation to train teachers for the “Matatag” K to 10 curriculum.

Launched by the Department of Education on Aug. 10, the revised curriculum for Kindergart­en to 10th graders will take effect during Academic Year 2024-2025, designed to address the challenges of the current K to 12 curriculum, such as the congested content, misplaced prerequisi­te learning competenci­es and cognitive demand imbalance.

“Matatag” (sturdy) stands for “Make the curriculum relevant to produce job-ready, Active and responsibl­e citizens; Take steps to accelerate the delivery of basic education services and provision facilities; Take good care of learners by promoting learner well-being, inclusiven­ess learning, and positive learning environmen­t; and, Give support for teachers to teach better.”

In a news release on Saturday, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said under the Finance panel’s committee report on the Php5.768-trillion General Appropriat­ions Bill for 2024 (House Bill

No. 8980), PHP1.5 billion will be spent for the “Matatag” program, which will be rolled out in phases.

Gatchalian, chairperso­n of the Committee on Basic Education, earlier recommende­d PHP1.7 billion.

“One of our most important recommenda­tions is for our teachers’ training for the Matatag curriculum, which will train more or less 200,000 teachers,”

Gatchalian said.

Gatchalian described the Matatag K to 10 curriculum as one of the “low-hanging fruits” to help improve learners’ performanc­e.

Results of large-scale internatio­nal assessment, like the 2018 Programme for Internatio­nal Student Assessment (PISA), showed Filipino learners failing to master basic competenci­es.

Out of 79 countries that participat­ed in the 2018 PISA, the Philippine­s ranked lowest in Reading and second to the last in Mathematic­s and Science, according to Gatchalian’s office.

Gatchalian also urged the Teacher Education Council to align teacher training and education with Matatag.*(with

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