Senator Sherwin Gatchalian urged the incoming administration to ensure quality education and training for teachers to effectively address the education crisis in the country.

“Kung maganda ang mismong pundasyon ng mga guro, inaasahang dekalidad din ang ibibigay nilang klase ng pagtuturo sa mga estudyante nila,” Gatchalian expressed.

Gatchalian would like the Department of Education to prioritize immediate and effective implementation of the Excellence in Teacher Education Act which seeks to revamp the Teacher Education Council and improve the quality of teacher education and training from pre-service to in-service.

Since incoming Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio won more than 61 percent of votes in this year’s elections, Gatchalian said that the Vice President-elect has the political capital to effectively implement reforms like the Excellence in Teacher Education Act.

Under the law, the DepEd Secretary will be the Chairperson of the TEC.

“We are in a very unique position because no less than the second highest official of our land will now lead the Department of Education, carrying with her 60 percent of the votes of the Filipino people,” said Gatchalian.

“In reforms we need political capital. We also need political will. But the political capital is something we need to exploit in order to launch a lot of the reforms specified in the Basic Education Development Plan 2030,” he added, referring to the roadmap that the DepEd recently launched to improve the delivery and quality of basic education.

Gatchalian noted that the Excellence in Teacher Education aligns with the BEDP 2030.

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