DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) in Ilocos Region will use a holistic approach in addressing reading problems among learners through its Reading First program launched on Tuesday.
“Holistic approach na everybody magtutulungan in making sure matutong magbasa ang bata; teachers, parents, and anybody na pwedeng tumulong. Parang they formalized yong ginagawa na ng mga divisions na different approaches. (Holistic approach is for everybody to come together in making sure that children learn to read through teachers, parents, and anybody who could help. This program formalized the different approaches of the school divisions),” DepEd Ilocos regional director Tolentino Aquino said in an interview.
Aquino said they will also assess learners on why they are unable to read well according to the level of the curriculum they are in.
“We will investigate the readiness and capabilities of teachers across all curriculums. We will examine materials and appropriateness of materials in our reading program,” he added.
Aquino said the program will also consider other factors affecting the children’s learning outside of school, such as proper nutrition.
He said they partnered with the Commission on Higher Education, state universities and colleges, and private institutions that offer education courses.
Secretary Leonor Briones and other DepEd officials, as well as fourth district Rep. Christopher de Venecia, Dagupan City Mayor Brian Lim, and Schools Division Superintendent Aguedo Fernandez expressed their message of support to the activity through the online platform.
“I cannot imagine a child not being able to read, being shut off from what is happening around him, being deprived of information, knowledge, and whatever it takes to survive in this world especially as he grows up. Therefore, the efforts of your region in enhancing the reading skills of our learners is very crucial even if we are just talking about 2 percent not being able to read in Filipino and 4.5 percent not (being) able to read in English,” Briones said in a virtual forum. (PNA)