DepEd-Bukidnon to use modular classes to cut dropout rate

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/27 January) – The Department of
Education in Bukidnon plans to open alternative delivery mode (ADM)
classes to address the high dropout rate in selected schools in
Bukidnon in June 2012.

Dr. Ingrid Racoma, DepEd-Bukidnon chief, told Bukidnon that in an
agricultural province like Bukidnon, a lot of high school students,
for example, are forced to be absent and eventually drop out every
time the planting season comes.

She added that the high school dropout rate of 7 percent and 2 percent
in the elementary is already high considering that not all school age
children are in school.

Racoma said they have initiated the preparatory stage for the ADM,
which makes use of modular self-instructional materials (SIMs) to
address the problem of habitual or seasonal absenteeism and those
living in conflict and disaster-prone areas.

She added that at the classroom level there is a need to identify the
reasons behind absenteeism unlike in the past when teachers
automatically indicate as cause the sickness of children.

“We have to go beyond by asking the reasons for absenteeism so we can
address the real problem,” she added. The ADM is a component of the
department’s dropout reduction program (DORP).

She added that they trained an initial core of teacher-facilitators in
Talakag and Sinuda schools districts, who in turn are training other
teachers from other districts.

The two areas were singled out due to problems of absenteeism as an
effect of peace and order problem in Talakag and the attitude of
parents towards education in Sinuda.

Racoma added that they will start the Modified In-school Off-School
Approach, which was originally a scheme to address the problem of
congestion and teachers’ shortage and the limitations in other
resources such as instructional materials.

But she admitted that they still need to see if there is enough number
of students qualified for the scheme before they can open sections
under ADM.

Racoma also added that they welcomed the participation of the
International Labor Organization, which is supporting different
interventions to eliminate child labor in the province. “The reduction
of child laborers would also mean more children back in school,” she
added. (Walter I. Balane / Bukidnon News)

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