Briones: Continuous assessment, key to successful education initiatives

July 31, 2017

PASIG CITY, July 31, 2017 – Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones recently highlighted the importance of continuous assessment of education initiatives to ensure that these remain relevant and responsive to various challenges in education.
The Education Chief emphasized this during the Third Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers at the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council Conference on July 25, 2017 in Jakarta Indonesia, where she discussed the regional initiatives that can be undertaken to better achieve the SEAMEO Education Agenda and further contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
In her presentation, Briones mentioned that possible significant outputs can be achieved through sharing of successful efforts in advancing the educational system among the SEAMEO member countries.
“In the case of the Philippines, I am specially interested in the initiatives of other countries in four areas specifically identified by the President to be enhance in our curriculum—drugs, reproductive health, climate change, and Alternative Learning System (ALS),” Briones added.
Moreover, Briones also gave remarks on how to achieve the SDG 4—ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning—which she also delivered at the High Level SDG Action Event on Education last June in New York, USA.
“To achieve the SDG 4, as well as the SEAMEO goals, we must achieve peace,” Briones stated.
“Governments will be more effective if they have strong legal framework for accessible quality education for all, which must be backed by adequate financing,” Briones added.
Furthermore, Briones mentioned the vital role of education interventions to achieve the SDG 4, “Governments must formulate innovative responses to address emerging and country-specific challenges, such as high levels of student drop-outs, strengthening ALS, challenges caused by natural disaster, as well as social and political threats.”