Hataman graces dialogue for ARMM quality education PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 December 2013 11:31

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao  (ARMM) Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman graced a dialogue dubbed as “Covenant for Quality Education in ARMM”  organized by SYNERGEIA held at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Lanang, Davao City last Friday.

The covenant was attended by Sarangani former governor Miguel Rene A.  Dominguez,  ARMM Dept. of Education Sec. Jamar M. Kulayan, DepEd officials of ARMM, Local School Boards and municipal mayors.

During the covenant and dialogue, the participants discussed and traced the problems on ghost schools, ghosts teachers and students in ARMM. They also signed a covenant  and partnership with SYNERGEIA on solving and finding solutions on ghost schools, ghosts teachers and students.

Hataman told the participants that the quality of education in ARMM is very low. He advised local government units in ARMM to strive hard to improve it.

He cited an example in Lanao del Sur where a teacher assigned in a school  but is actually working abroad.

A school official-participant disclosed that another teacher assigned  in a school in  Sultan Malayla, also in Lanao del Sur was also working abroad and another one is selling textiles in Manila.

He said these teachers are not performing their teaching job in their assigned post. They were caught not in the area during a surprise visit.

Hataman told tha participants that under his leadership he attained savings amounting to P500 million for the 50 barangays of ARMM under the Health Education Livelihood Peace and Security Program ( HELPS Program ) for poverty alleviation and economic activities of the people and the construction of one design market building for the chosen barangays under the program.

Sarangani former governor Dominguez told the participants that education is not the only responsibility of DepEd.

He said all stakeholders for education must work together for quality education.

“We must help each other and we are helping each others for the next generation,” Dominguez said.

Bongao Mayor Jasper Que suggested the creation of a tripartite group to monitor and gather data on ghost shools, ghosts teachers and ghost students in his area.

Que  said the tripartite group should be composed of representatives from an independent and credible civic organization, local government unit and local school board. — Allen Abastillas