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Lessons learned?

Outgoing Education Secretary Leonor Briones is set to turn over to incoming Education Secretary and Vice-President-elect Sara Duterte an eight-year road map aimed at enhancing the delivery and quality of basic education in the country.

“This will be the first time that an outgoing administration will hand over a well-crafted education plan to the incoming administration,” Briones said during the launch of the “Basic Education Development Plan 2030” or BEDP 2030.

BEDP 2030, which was intended to address the gaps, “sustain and enhance relevant programs, and use innovations in fostering resiliency and embedding the rights of the children and youth in education,” was conceptualized in 2017.

The four pillars of the framework include access, which ensures that all school aged children, out of school youth and adults are provided with relevant basic learning opportunities. It also eyes equity for disadvantaged children, quality which guarantees learners will complete K-12 basic education and resiliency that would let the students exercise their rights and have the skills to protect themselves.

The blueprint will be implemented in two phases. Phase 1 will focus on addressing the impact of COVID-19 on learning delivery, issues on reading and numeracy skills and decentralization of projects, programs and activities. The second phase will focus on sustaining gains, institutionalizing future initiatives and developing emerging education technologies and innovations.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s basic education system that was still transitioning to K-12, had already been struggling with overcrowded classrooms, inadequate facilities and even issues like historical revisionism. The experiences and lessons learned by the DepEd under Sec. Briones, imparted on BEDP 2030, should be found useful by the incoming education secretary whose qualifications and capabilities will be tested by the formidable challenges facing the country’s educational system.

The next education secretary of the country has to do a better job than her predecessor. It would be a good start if the eight-year-roadmap that she inherits is pointing in the right direction.*

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