With the K-12 curriculum now in full swing, it was always the mandate of the Department of Education to intensify the advance of our educational system. No Child Left Behind legislation has been required by the department with a vested interest in securing of our educational efficiency.
Reforms had been done to close the achievement gap for learners, though there is no known program that can guarantee academic success for all learner, our department implemented mechanisms to ensure quality education, although there are numerous strategy and programs implemented to ensure academic programs, there is no celebrated medicine to cure all academic ills, here are some of the suggested activities that has been done in our school and to be found to be effective and helped us to be twice nominated as Finalist for Baguio Best Performing School. They are the following:
There should be good curriculum with an excellent quality of the program, early childhood programs like that in the Kindergarten and Primary grades should provide challenging educational activities that are also developmentally appropriate (DAP). Professional Development: staff must be at hand intending to improve instruction. Strong family Involvement: a positive parent-teacher relationship helps child feel good about school. Good Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 1:35 is already standard.
Presence of remedial or enhancement programs: remedial lessons are instructional program designed for learners who have identified deficiencies in subject areas. The program provides individualized basic skills that will help the learner cope up with the lesson. Extended Learning Time: the program may use longer school hours of classes, extra school days, Saturdays even, if needed to provide learners with more learning time.
Community Involvement: community participation is essential with reinforcing cultural traditions. Scholarships and/or Financial Support: this endeavor offer financial help to learner not only who demonstrate high academic performance but should also be given to other interested pupils for them to continue schooling.
Since it has always been said that education is the greatest weapon to combat poverty and a stepping stone to success, it would also be a success for all of us educators who refuse to give up, who won’t give up the hope and the belief that our schools can be better and can be an instrument to fulfill the potential and truly deliver the opportunity for success and achievement for all Filipino children.
By: MICHEL B. BUCLAO, Pinget Elementary School