By Teng L. Datu
Cotabato City Bureau Chief .
Despite having a mean score lower than the national average, the National Achievement Test (NAT) performance of students in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) has been on a steady uptrend during the last five years, said lawyer Rasol Mitmug, regional Education Secretary.
Mitmug said issues affecting learners’ performance include the quality of teachers, the contact time between teachers and students, and managing the effects of either natural or man-made calamities. He said the department has been working closely with the national government and nongovernmental institutions in providing high quality education in the region.
In 2015, Armm’s literacy rate bounced to 88.7% from 80.3% in 2010. As of school year 2017-2018, Armm has 861,628 students and 2,670 schools in both elementary and secondary levels.
As part of the regional government’s response to the aforementioned issues, DepEd-Armm has remained strict in hiring new teachers. Just recently, a total of 765 newly hired teachers in Maguindanao signed their appointment and deployment orders during an acceptance and mass oath-taking ceremony held in Cotabato City.
“Dati po ang problema ng DepEd-Armm ay kakulangan ng eligible teachers, ngayon naman ay magandang balita po, marami na ang mga eligible teachers na naga-apply sa rehiyon,” said Asst. Secretary Sittie Mariam Balahim. (with reports from bpi armm)