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The De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) re­cently high­lighted the var­i­ous re­forms and ac­com­plish­ments of the De­part­ment, in­clud­ing the grad­u­a­tion of the first batch of Se­nior High School com­pleters of the K to 12 Pro­gram.

DepEd also em­pha­sized the complementarity be­tween pub­lic and pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion, as well as pub­lic and pri­vate school teacher.

Sec­re­tary Leonor Mag­to­lis Bri­ones said it is not cor­rect to be­lieve that the pub­lic school teach­ers are less in qual­ity than those in the pri­vate sec­tor. It is pro­vided in the Con­sti­tu­tion, she added, that pub­lic and pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion should com­ple­ment each other.

In a re­cent fo­rum, the DepEd chief added that the De­part­ment is con­tin­u­ously pri­or­i­tiz­ing and ex­pand­ing the teach­ers’wel­fare by ini­ti­at­ing sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ments in their com­pen­sa­tion and ben­e­fits, and help­ing them gain fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity through fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy pro­grams.

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing them with op­por­tu­ni­ties for their pro­fes­sional growth, DepEd shall also con­duct re­search on the mo­ti­va­tion of teach­ers aimed at max­i­miz­ing their full po­ten­tials to­wards ex­cell en ce.

Mean­while, the Ro­tary Club of Manila, in part­ner­ship with DepEd, shall em­bark on a joint project dubbed as the “Na­tion­wide Cho­rale Group Com­pe­ti­tion and Song Writ­ing Con­test” aimed at giv­ing award and recog­ni­tion to out­stand­ing choral groups and en­cour­ag­ing song­writ­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Bri­ones, cul­ture and his­tory should never be ne­glected. She be­lieves in mu­sic, which she says is the lan­guage of the soul. A les­son can be most ef­fec­tively taught through mu­sic, she said, adding that his­tory makes us know our­selves.

Bri­ones ex­pressed her ap­pre­ci­a­tion and grat­i­tude to the RCM for their gen­eros­ity and for em­bark­ing on the said project.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the dif­fer­ence is that the group is go­ing to re­ward and rec­og­nize out­stand­ing choral groups and song writ­ers, which shall, like­wise, give the op­por­tu­nity to move for­ward and bring choral groups to other places.

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The au­thor is Teacher III at Suli­pan Ele­men­tary School

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