Saturday, November 20, 2010

Enhancing Home Economics and Livelihood Education (EPP) Curriculum Towards Productivity

Gilbert M. Forbes

Some quarters have been reacting negatively to the recent order of DepEd to strengthen EPP in our schools which they say would jeopardize computer education.DepEd Order No. 108, S. 2010 Enhancing Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan (EPP) Curriculum Towards Productivity

So long, that we have put more emphasis on computer education which the late secretary Bro. Andrew Gonzales had noticed. Accordingly, he said that computer education in our schools have benefitted only TLE, and never did create an impact on the over-all standards or quality of performance across learning areas.

A lot of school heads even the not so tech savvy ones who have limited understanding on computers as a powerful tool of learning other than as EPP-TLE tool have rode on this craze since the late nineties. Many have been successful in putting computer laboratories in their schools which benefitted them in their promotions but not the improvement of the over-all learning standards, neither the teachers to be computer literate at least.

As a result, there are even reports that many schools across the country are highly indebted due to mounting electric bills, maintenance and operating cost. For instance, there are schools which received brand new computer sets even when there is no electricity in the area and so the said computers are left to rot slowly.

While there are also many schools which have good success stories to tell in the light of the computer education in their schools, much have the opposite. It has become more of a liability rather than an asset.

Now that a new DepEd Order have been released, it would really be a great boost particularly to enterprising schools who’s teachers and personnel are attuned to the importance of Agriculture and Manual Labor. Implemented properly and coherently, schools particularly those with large track of vacant lots would be able to produce and earn for sustainability of their feeding programs as well as have an additional non-traditional source of income.

More importantly, it will successfully renew the promotion of the value of manual labor among the pupils, students and parents alike. The significance of farming not only as a decent job that give us food on our tables and most of all, give many of our country men a fall back in times of underemployment and unemployment will also get emphasis and promotion. Now that, farming has been identified as a dying profession, this really is a great boost.

Indeed, a wise decision of the Aquino regime to start in the education sector as it moves forward in its objective of food self-sufficiency.
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