By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian is urging local government units (LGUs) to play a bigger role in enhancing the delivery and standard of basic education as part of the national celebration of Local Government Month.
The 21st Century School Boards Act (Senate Bill No. 155), which Gatchalian reintroduced as one of his top bills for the 19th Congress, broadens the scope of the local school board to include other parties involved in education and pertinent community members.
The legislation gives the local school board new and substantial responsibilities, including the creation of educational policy. In order to complement the local school board’s expanded responsibility, it also expands the ways in which the Special Education Fund (SEF) is used.
The additional 1 percent tax on real estate is where the SEF comes from.
“Marami na tayong ginawa upang tugunan ang mga isyu sa sektor ng edukasyon, ngunit hindi pa natin nabibigyan ng puwang ang ating mga komunidad upang makalahok nang lubos sa edukasyon ng ating mga kabataan,” he said.
“Sa pamamagitan ng panukalang batas na ito, mabibigyan natin ang ating mga LGU ng mahalagang papel sa paghahatid at pag-aangat ng kalidad ng edukasyon,” Gatchalian added.
Under the proposed measure, the success of reforms and programs introduced by the local school board will be measured using indicators such as the participation rate of students. (ai/mtvn)