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ARMM to replicate Sarangani’s best practices on education

Malungon, Saranggani -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is hoping to learn from the best practices on education of Sarangani province to help improve the academic performance of students in the region.

On Monday, ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman and Education Secretary Jamar Kulayan led a delegation composed of officials from the local government of Basilan and ARMM’s Department of Education in an educational visit to Sarangani, which has consistently ranked number one in Region 12 in the National Achievement Test (NAT).

NAT measures the performance and competence of students both in elementary and high school. Sarangani has outdone four other provinces and the five cities in Region 12 in terms of NAT result for two consecutive school years.

Hataman said ARMM will try to replicate the lessons learned from the Sarangani experience in fostering quality education. “We will start with Basilan to initially revolutionize the education model. Then, we will replicate all over ARMM.”

He said the regional government will be adopting a system to boost education programs that can be sustained through local government support.

The ARMM delegation visited the town of Malungon in the province and discussed with Mayor Reynaldo Constantino the best practices that have contributed to the performance of students in the town in the NAT.

“Education is a great equalizer, our best weapon against the protracted war on illiteracy and poverty,” Constantino said.

He said it takes political will to improve the quality of education.

Jamar Kulayan, ARMM education secretary, said they want to expose government officials in the ARMM to draw inspiration from the Malungon experience, learn from their interventions and apply their best practices.

Kulayan said they had conducted a similar educational visit involving education officials of Basilan province in the second week of August this year.

Meanwhile, Tahira Ismael, Basilan provincial administrator, is optimistic the experience will inspire local officials to improve interventions for educational advancement.

“I’m glad to be part of this visit. I’m looking forward to the activation of the education cluster in Basilan to address instructional setbacks in our area,” she said.


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