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NLC: Support for the MATATAG Agenda for Improving Education

Together with the organization and stakeholders, Vice President and Secretary of Education Sara Z. Duterte unveiled MATATAG: Bansang Makabata, Batang Makabansa as a response to the difficulties in basic education. This program will be implemented in all public elementary and secondary schools across the country.

Duterte claims that MATATAG will focus on four key areas: Make the curriculum relevant to produce competent and job-ready, active, and responsible citizens; Take steps to accelerate delivery of basic education facilities and services; TAke good care of learners by promoting learner well-being, inclusive education, and a positive learning environment; and Give support to teachers to teach better.

On July 24 and 25, Kabayanan Elementary School began a National Learning Camp in support of DepEd's MATATAG Agenda. During this time, they engaged in teacher capacity building for three to five weeks as well as student discovery. The NLC consists of three camps: Enhancement Camp, Consolidation Camp, and Intervention Camp, as well as remedial reading and math activities for grades K to 3 and other grade-level learning areas.

Students at Enhancement Camps are reportedly given support to develop skills that are more complicated, broad, and in-depth in their chosen subject areas. Students receive assistance at Consolidation Camp in order to strengthen the use and application of grade-level abilities across all subject areas. Additionally, the students in the Intervention Camp received assistance in order to develop fundamental literacy and/or numeracy abilities, such as writing, reading, and/or arithmetic.

In the meantime, teachers received assistance from collaborative knowledge and work-integrated learning to enhance their professional practices.

Eden L. Balisbis, NLC Focal Person of the school, indicated that the choice of pupils for each camp is based on their pre-assessment or academic achievement. The post-test is anticipated to evaluate the pupils' accomplishments and learning results.

At least two weeks prior to the end of the school year, the aforementioned school program was held. Between July 1 and July 14, 2023, the formal registration of interested students was carried out under the supervision and direction of their school administrators and class counselors. In order to secure their full cooperation and engagement, parents or legal guardians must also give their written consent.

The school has made sure that teachers regularly update parents or legal guardians on their children's academic progress through phone calls, letters, notes, or one-on-one conferences, as a way of showing appreciation to both kids and parents. A parent-teacher conference, which can be held halfway through or at the end of the NLC, can be used to formally discuss comments and suggestions made to help parents assist their children.

On the other hand, a Certificate of Completion will be given to every student who satisfies the camp's requirements in terms of completing learning activities and achieving satisfactory post-assessment results.

Kabayanan Elementary School will forever shout for #WalangBatangMaiiwan.

Article Written by:

Naneth S. Suarez

Teacher III - Kabayanan Elementary School


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