Sec. Nograles: Proposed TEC amendatory bill complements DepEd’s Sulong Edukalidad
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles said the proposed legislation that seeks to strengthen the Teacher Education Council (TEC) is a direct boost to the Department of Education’s campaign for quality education as embodied in its Sulong Edukalidad reform slogan.
In his message for teachers during the World Teachers Day celebration on 5 October 2020, Secretary Nograles said “our teachers need our government’s unending support, and one of the ways we are able to help our teachers which has the most impact to strengthen our education system is by enhancing teacher quality.”
“The Office of the Cabinet Secretary is proud to be an ally in organized efforts to improve teacher quality. We support DepEd Sulong EduKalidad and as a way to complement it, we lead a Technical Working Group (TWG) for Teacher Quality to improve the quality of teachers and school leaders in the Philippines,” said Sec. Nograles, who chairs the TWG for Teacher Quality that RCTQ has supported since 2017.
“Our work has resulted in a proposed legislation that will strengthen the Teacher Education Council to be a well-equipped oversight agency dedicated to teacher quality,” he said.
The proposed bill focuses on teacher and school leader quality by strengthening the TEC and refining its functions based on its original mandate. When passed into law, it would provide national leadership for promoting excellence so that schools, teachers, and school leaders, as well as tertiary education institutions and teacher educators, can have maximum impact on student learning in all Philippine schools. (Read the Policy Notes on Strengthening the TEC)
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian—Senate Committee Chair on Basic Education, Arts and Culture—filed the proposed bill in the Senate on 21 October 2020.
Last December, Secretary Briones launched Sulong EduKalidad as DepEd’s new reform campaign to achieve quality in basic education. Secretary Briones said this was ‘in response to the rapidly changing learning environment of present and future learners which aims to introduce aggressive reforms to globalize the quality of basic education in the Philippines.”
The campaign introduced the acronym KITE to symbolize its four key reform areas: (1) K to 12 Curriculum review and update; (2) Improvement of learning environment (3) Teachers’ upskilling and reskilling; and (4) Engagement of stakeholders for support and collaboration.
Watch Secretary Nograle’s full message:https://www.rctq.ph/?p=2009NewsSulong EduKalidad,Teacher Education Council,TWG-TQ