Hontiveros slams Inday Sara's appointment for DepEd: Education expert should head DepEd

Hontiveros slams Inday Sara's appointment for DepEd: Education expert should head DepEd


Opposition senator Risa Hontiveros apparently would not give Vice President elect Sara Duterte any honeymoon phase as she slams the idea of the latter being the incoming head of the Department of Education.



Hontiveros is of the opinion that it would be better if an education expert headed the Department of Education (Deped).


“I don’t know what the incoming, the presumptive vice president’s track record is in education. I would have guessed other education experts to helm that important department,” Hontiveros said on ANC.

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The opposition senator noted the DepEd receives the biggest cut of the national budget yearly and its mandate is connected with combatting historical revisionism. 

The new agency chief will also be in charge of responding to educational issues caused by the pandemic, Hontiveros said. 

“Napakahalaga sana… na ang hahawak ng education department—ang magpapatupad nung kaka-sponsor lang namin sa Senado na Education Commission II, ang tutugon sa iba’t ibang problemang sa ating namuong education crisis pre-pandemic up to during the pandemic until now—ay isang education expert,” she said.

(It would've been important that the education secretary— the one who will implement our recently-sponsored Education Commission II, the one who will respond to various problems in our looming education crisis from pre-pandemic until now—is an education expert.)

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) meanwhile said it would have preferred if the new DepEd secretary was an educator who understood the struggles of teachers. 

"Hearing that [a] non-education sector person is going to head the agency for the next 6 years, medyo kinakabahan kami dito ‘no (we feel a bit nervous)," said ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio. 

He said he had yet to hear Duterte-Carpio's plans for the education sector, other than the reinstatement of the mandatory military service for all Filipinos after they turn 18 years old.

"I think pinaka-least yan sa pinag-uusapan dapat eh," Basilio said in a separate ANC interview. 

(That should be the least discussed.) 

“Ang pinag-uusapan natin, paano nga ba matutugunanan yung problema natin ng education crisis natin, 'yung mga bata na hindi marunong magbasa, magsulat, 'yung facilities natin na sira-sira, yung classroom mo na 'yung mga kisame babagsak na, 'yung electric fan na ang bumibili ay mga teacher, 'yung mga teachers natin na nagre-resign at nagtatrabaho abroad,” he added.


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