Thursday, September 11, 2014

Salceda renews call for improved education
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 10 (PNA) -– “Find ways to improve the instruction, think of new ideas out of those already learned and outline the needed reforms and actions to uplift literacy in the province.”

This was the clear yet near-forceful challenge of Governor Joey Sarte Salceda as he renewed his call on stakeholders in education to continue pushing for programs that would improve the literacy rate in Albay.

The province is celebrating the Literacy Month this September.

Salceda issued his challenge even as he noted from the 2013 record of the National Statistics Office (NSO) that the literacy rate in Bicol Region is 98.5 percent, a bit higher than the national rate of 97.5 percent.

However, he said, the record only showed simple literacy (or the ability to read and write), and not “functional literacy” or the ability to read, write, count and understand both or all.

The Albay chief executive urged schools to give attention to functional literacy.

Since becoming governor of the province’s more than a million population, Salceda said, allotment for education has always been the highest in Albay in recognition of the value of its educated human resource as having the highest potential to becoming economically productive.

He disclosed that his administration focuses more on improving the instruction not only for students but also for workers or those already employed to become part of their continuous learning program.

“We witness how fast development is due to technology, with which we, Filipinos, should be at pace -- for us to be at par with other developed countries,” Salceda stressed in Filipino.

He also pushed for the enhancement of computer literacy among the teachers as records from the Department of Education showed only 14 percent of teachers are computer literate.

If the teachers themselves are not computer literate, how can they teach the students,” Salceda, a son of school teachers, asked.

This year’s provincial celebration of Literacy Month is capped with several activities such as read-a-thon contest and a literacy forum and an educational colloquium. (PNA) LAP/FGS/CBD