MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal (Photo credit: min-edu.bangsamoro.gov.ph)

Bangsamoro Minister for Basic, Higher and Techncal Education Mohagher Iqbal issued Regional Memorandum No. 818 on 2 December 2020 requesting schools divisions superintendents (SDS) of Lamitan City, Basilan Province, and Maguindanao 1 to identify qualified teachers from their divisions who can participate in the RCTQ-organized focus groups dicussions (FGDs).

The activity, which started on December 10, is part of data gathering for the Mapping Study of Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) serving the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).  RCTQ coordinated with SDS Bai Meriam Ampatuan-Kawit, Division of Maguindanao 1; SDS Myra Mangkabung, Division of Lamitan City; and SDS Tim Undain-Sanchez, Division of Basilan to discuss the details of the FGDs.

With the help of the three SDSs, RCTQ conducted semi-structured FGDs with graduates of TEIs participating in the study from Batches 2014-2018 who are now public school elementary teachers in Lamitan City, Basilan Province, and Maguindanao 1. FGD questions covered the following areas: (1) BEEd program; (2) Pre-service development of teachers; (3) Preparation for work; (4) Passing the LET/ BLEPT; (5) Working in schools; (6) Curriculum, collaboration, and learning; (7) Creation of a positive and peaceful school culture, and (8) Awareness of the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST).

Ten teacher education institutions (TEIs) serving the BARMM participated in the mapping study that will describe and elaborate their pre-service teacher training.

At the virtual ceremonial signing of memoranda of understanding between four universities supporting the Mapping Study on 18 August 2020, MBHTE Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal earlier expressed support for the study because of how “it contributes to their No child in Bangsamoro is left behind advocacy.” In July 2020, he issued Regional Memorandum No. 350 informing the BARMM education community of the implementation of the mapping study.

The study is supported by the Australian government through its Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) program and managed by RCTQ with its partner research institution, the SiMERR National Research Centre at the University of New England (UNE) in Australia.

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Bangsamoro Minister for Basic, Higher and Techncal Education Mohagher Iqbal issued Regional Memorandum No. 818 on 2 December 2020 requesting schools divisions superintendents (SDS) of Lamitan City, Basilan Province, and Maguindanao 1 to identify qualified teachers from their divisions who can participate in the RCTQ-organized focus groups dicussions (FGDs). The...