QUEST FOR QUALITY EDUCATION
In any endeavor or business, quality should always be a top priority. This is also true in the education sector. The Philippine, as a state and a signatory to treaties and declarations of the United Nation, concretize its commitment to promote and provide quality education to the Filipino people in its development plans. This has emanated from the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Specifically GOAL 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. The Right to Education is protected and enshrined not only in the Philippine constitution but also in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the United Nations adopted and proclaimed in 1948. Education being a fundamental right should be accessible and its quality should be ensured. There are countless of areas that need to be improved in the field of education in the Philippines. If we list them all, it would be a never-ending list. There are government policies and mechanisms that are in place that intends to tracks and improve the quality of education in our school system.
Quality for Learners.
National Achievement Test. Teachers also check students’progress through evaluation and assessment of learners and reflecting students’report card. National Achievement Test administered by the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines, a set of standardized tests addressing the major subjects taught in school, is an example of the standardized test to measure the quality of education in the country. The target passing score is set at 75%. However, this score is still out of reach as the average performance score for Grade 6 is at 40% only while grade 10 students were graded 44.1% (2016). There is still a lot of work to be done to reach the target.
Quality for School Improvement.
Continuous Improvement Program. School heads and school administrator would often talk about continuous improvement in school. The Department of Education adopted the Continuous Improvement Methodology as a tool for undertaking school improvement projects. DepEd defines it as a methodology which continually assesses, analyzes and acts on the improvement of key processes focusing on both the customers’ needs and the desired performance that subscribes to the DepEd’s commitment to building a culture of continuous learning and improvement. The goal of having a continuous improvement Program in school will help school administrator collect data and be updated with new trends. The saying “In the race for quality, there is no finish line” (D.Kearns) holds definitely true, especially in education. The world around us is in constant change. Thus, we need to keep up with these changes and continue to reinvent and embrace new concepts and be relevant to the learners we cater today. Quality for Teachers.
Teachers Professional Development. In our desire to improve the quality of Education in the Philippines, computers have been viewed as a remedy for the education issues. However, we sometimes forget that computers are mere tools that assist teachers to facilitate concept and principles of the lesson they teach. It is still the human skill that is essential in passing the information to the learners. The technology is there to improve the learning experience of the students, computers should not be considered as a substitute for teachers inside the classroom. Hence, to ensure the quality of education teachers should be provided training on how to be equipped in dealing with learners of the 21st century. The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2016 requires the teacher to present supporting documents of Continuing Professional Development before renewing their license. The commission provides guidelines and a matrix of activities and their unit equivalent for teacher-related training.
These are just some of the policies and reforms in education in our country. As stakeholders of education, we should all stand behind our government’s goal for education. It is our responsibility to be aware of reforms in our own education system and contribute to help move our country forward and achieve our goals as a nation.
The author is SST I at Pulung Santol National High School