Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:22
Squeezing some time away from the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, the House prosecution panel’s spokesperson Deputy Speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada on Monday addressed some 200 educators and underscored the need for concrete actions and actual investment to the government’s K-12 education program, not just on students but especially on the most crucial stakeholders -– the teaching force.
The educators -– public school directors, principals and teachers from different parts of Luzon -– are participants in a two-week seminar currently ongoing at the Philippine Normal University under the sponsorship of the Quezon lawmaker.
In his speech, Tañada said he believed that every effort, resource and time invested in education is sure to deliver better yield in all aspects of our lives.
“We will have a globally competitive and economically active workforce hastening our effort to address poverty in our country. In effect, education is a high yield and low risk investment,” he said.
However, Tañada noted that investments to the K-12 program should not be focused solely on the needs of the students such as free education, adequate classrooms and textbooks, among others.
“It is also essential that our teachers, principals and school officials have the necessary skills, expertise and knowledge on modern theories and techniques based on global standards,” the Deputy Speaker stressed.
It is with this purpose that the seminar, called the "Tañada-Initiated Program for Educators, Summer 2012” was undertaken.
It aims for educators to enhance their mastery of concepts and skills and their utilization and usefulness in academic organization and management; expand competence in academic leadership particularly in the implementation of the K-12 curriculum; perform their duties and responsibilities in the different job dimensions off academic leadership; and connect academic leadership to a deep understanding of the rights-based approach and sound economic nationalistic practices.
Part of the training program is a one-day course on rights and economic nationalism.
The House Leader explained that the function of teachers is not to act as vendo machines of data and pieces of information.
“The function of teachers is rather to create functional citizens possessed with a love for their country, an understanding of their civic duties as sons and daughters of the Filipino nation and a passion towards service for the betterment off their countrymen,” Tañada said.
With this in mind, the lawmaker exhorted the participants to prove together that “with their own investment through this seminar, it will yield more than just lip service to ‘daang matuwid,’ but rather a comprehensive return to the glory days of educational supremacy of our youth and our mentors.”
In concluding his speech, he called on his fellow legislators to increase their Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) expenditures towards the education sector through various programs geared at skills enhancement of mentors and school officials.
“As for the private sector, I challenge them to expand their corporate social thrust for scholarships in the teaching field for now is the best time to invest in our country and K-12 will be a trailblazing instrument for nation building,” Tañada said.
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