DepEd Allots P20 M for ARMM Teachers' Training Program

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COTABATO CITY - For registering the most number of academically low performing schools in the country, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) got R20 million from the Department of Education (DepEd) - the biggest budget for teachers' training program this school year.

This was learned from ARMM education chief Udtog K. Kawit who reported that the allocation was indicated under DepEd Order No. 32, series of 2008, issued by Education Secretary Jesli A. Lapus, which his office received here recently.

Kawit said Lapus' order described "low performing schools" as those which garnered a Mean Percentage Score (MPS) of 34 and below in English in the last National Achievement Test (NAT) for elementary and secondary schools.

Kawit explained that the appropriation is in line with DepEd's project called "Turning Around Low Performers in English," a priority project of the agency for school year 2008-2009.

The directive said the project seeks to increase the MPS of every poor achieving elementary and secondary school by at least five every school year.

According to Kawit, Lapus earlier released the results of a previous school year's NAT, which revealed that ARMM had the most number of low performing elementary and secondary schools among DepEd's 17 regions. …