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Ex-DepEd Chief to Sara Duterte: Listen to Education Experts

Ex-DepEd Chief to Sara Duterte: Listen to Education Experts

FORMER Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro urged Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio to listen to education experts in determining the needs of the educational sector.

“My recommendation is to listen to the education experts on the ground. They will be able to share with the new DepEd secretary that on the ground (where) there are a lot of needs and priorities that are really more important than just the militarization of our schools, so to speak,” Luistro said.

Luistro, who served as DepEd chief under president Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III, said that he is open to the idea of the ROTC.

“I will not close the door on that, especially if that is ordered towards, let’s say, why not senior high school students teaching, tutoring struggling students? So even that, if you tweak it a little, can actually be an important contribution to the educational needs of the country,” he said.

He also urged Duterte-Carpio to give attention to the schools in far-flung areas.

“I would give her some space to just get to know, and warm her seat (and) listen to the real needs of teachers and students. I think some of these initial pronouncements can change drastically when one listens to those on the ground, the grassroots, are saying to us. And let’s provide some opportunity for the teachers and the students to dialogue with her.” he said.

I think over time, she’ll be able to recognize that the needs are real. And it’s simple you need to just provide that opportunity where you affirm them. And people most of the time respond to that,” he added.