Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bangsamoro transition team holds workshop on education

From the Business Mirror (Mar 31): Bangsamoro transition team holds workshop on education

The transition team that would formulate the basic law to govern the Moro Muslims in Mindanao held its first planning workshop in the area of education, with experts calling on blueprints that would “yield higher returns on basic education” and for the private sector “to contribute significantly to higher education delivery.”

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), with eight members in the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), said the “Ittihadul Madaris Bi Bangsamoro” organized the planning workshop on Bangsamoro Education Road map in Cotabato City.
The activity was intended to formulate the road map for Bangsamoro education “that can be possibly incorporated in crafting the Bangsamoro basic law [BBL] by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission,” the MILF said on its web site.
About 50 educators from secular and Arabic institutions attended the activity held at the conference room of Kutawato Darussalam College Inc.
Results of the workshops were not immediately made available in the three clusters on basic education, public tertiary education and private tertiary education. But workshop speakers, like Alzad Sattar, the undersecretary for madaris education of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (ARMM) Department of Education, dissected the issues and challenges of basic education in the ARMM in the areas of health and demand-supply, as well as the needs that would move the ARMM education framework toward the new political entity under the Bangsamoro framework.
Tomanda D. Antok, vice chancellor of the Maguindanao campus of the Mindanao State University, also called on hiring faculty members with masteral and doctoral degrees in their areas of specialization to compose the higher education teachers.
He said these faculty members should “participate in research and development activities in their respective disciplines as evidenced by refereed publications, and other scholarly outputs [and to embark on] viable research programs in specific [disciplinary and multidisciplinary] areas of study that produce new knowledge as evidenced by referred publications, citations, inventions and patent.”
Antok said Bangsamoro education in the tertiary level should be supported with “comprehensive learning resources and support structures [e.g., libraries, practicum laboratories, relevant education resources and linkages with relevant disciplinal and professional and sectors] to explore basic, advanced and even cutting edge knowledge in wide range of disciplines or professions.”

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