/ 26 August 2021

THE DEPARTMENT of Education, in collaboration with the Philippine Forum for Quality Basic Education, will open its virtual forum series on Thursday, August 26, to discuss reform initiatives for basic education in the country.

“Addressing the Challenge of Education Quality: An Educ Forum Series” will deal with issues and topics surrounding the four components of Sulong Edukalidad: the K to 12 curriculum review and update, improving the learning environment, teachers’ upskilling, and reskilling, and engagement of stakeholders for support and collaboration.

The first installment will focus on the K to 12 Curriculum Review Results with Undersecretary San Antonio and Dr. Marie Therese A.P. Bustos as presenters and Dr. Christopher Bernido, President of the Central Visayan Institute Foundation, and Dr. Bert Tuga, President of the Philippine Normal University, as reactors. DepEd Regional Director Ramir Uytico will moderate during the open forum.

The next episodes will tackle Learning and Insights on the Results of PISA; Revisiting the Language of Instruction; NEAP Transformation; Best Practices in Blended Learning; Technology in Education; Strengthening Lifelong Learning (Inclusive Education and ALS); Financial Management Reforms; Revisiting Trifocalization; and Education Futures.

“Through this series, we aim to raise greater awareness on education issues among the public and consult our partners on the existing reform programs in order to address the biggest concern and challenge in basic education today, which is quality,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

The Education Forum serves as a platform for consultation and collaborative research and analysis, and high-level advice to strategic basic education policy, planning, and programming.

It seeks to inform stakeholders, deliberate on the reform programs, and address complicated and unresolved issues on education quality.

The series will be held through an online conferencing platform and will be live-streamed on DepEd Facebook page and YouTube channel to widen participation and reach.