A total of 3,460 teacher trainees from DepEd Region V came to Bicol University for the “Regional Mass Training of Teachers for Grade 7 of the K-12 Basic Education Curriculum”, a mass training held in four batches, from May 14 to June 2.
The first batch of 822 teachers filled the BU College of Engineering Gymnasium on May 14 for their Opening Program, then the La Piazza Convention Center in Legazpi City on May 19, May 24, and May 29, with 799, 643, and 1,196 participants, respectively.
The training, a joint undertaking of the Department of Education Teacher Education Council and Bicol University, covered the eight subjects to be taught in Grade 7 of the new K-12 curriculum, scheduled thus: Math and Science on May 14-18, English and Filipino scheduled on May 19-23, Araling
Panlipunan and Values Education on May 24-28, and TLE and MAPEH on May 29-June 2.
Among the trainees, 422 are Science teachers, 400 are Math teachers, 410 are English teachers, 389 are Filipino teachers, 266 are Values Education teachers, 377 are Araling Panlipunan teachers, 585 are TLE teachers, and 611 are MAPEH teachers. They were divided into classes and had their simultaneous trainings at the BU College of Education and at the BU College of Science. All trainees are the previously First Year High School teachers who will now become Grade 7 teachers.
In her welcome remarks, BU President Fay M. Lauraya emphasized the need for this training in order to equip the teachers for the huge task of moulding students into becoming more competitive Global Filipinos. According to her, the success of the training will later on be measured by a better performance in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), since Filipinos students will now be taking it with proper background and understanding of concepts that they used to be unfamiliar with, given the old curriculum. She added that developing more competitive graduates would surely help the country move towards economic progress. According to Dr. Lauraya, no learner should be left behind.
At the end of all the trainings, participants performed teaching demonstrations as part of the training outcomes, and as basis for the evaluation of the success of the activity. (Ma. Celina G. Meneses/OP)