TEACH­ERS MUST BE 100% EN­GAGED

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

MARY ANN D. CAISIP

If teach­ers are to en­gage ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents, then they must be 100-per­cent en­gaged too.

This means that teach­ers must use learner-cen­tered ap­proaches in train­ing the coun­try’s fu­ture ed­u­ca­tors, be­cause qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion de­pends on the qual­ity of teach­ers na­tion­wide.

Ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, there will be no change in ed­u­ca­tion if the teacher them­selves do not know how to use pro­ject­based learn­ing, learner-cen­tered ac­tiv­i­ties and 21st-cen­tury skills.

The DepEd noted that most teach­ers still use lec­ture-type dis­cus­sions in their daily classes. But is this an ap­pro­pri­ate ap­proach for ef­fec­tive learn­ing?

Although there is noth­ing wrong about this, but it’s time for teach­ers to ac­quire im­por­tant skills. The DepEd said there is a need to start re­view­ing the cur­ricu­lum, and that what the coun­try’s ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor needs are teach­ers who can cre­ate les­son plans.

The CHED, in re­sponse, said the cur­rent teacher ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram is quite new and it would take years be­fore the com­mis­sion could is­sue a re­vised cur­ricu­lum.

The Com­mis­sion said that when the teacher ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum was drafted, the PPST was not the only stan­dard that was con­sid­ered – they needed to con­sider ICT (in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion) com­pe­tency stan­dards, for in­stance.

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The au­thor is Teacher I at Ga­ti­awin Ele­men­tary School, Ga­ti­awin, Arayat, Pam­panga

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