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BTA panel on Committee on Education consults stakeholders for proposed Bangsamoro Education Code

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (November 23, 2020)–The Parliament of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) started the first of series of public consultations for BTA Bill No. 70 or the proposed Bangsamoro Education Code, Monday.
The resource persons invited were from the academe, such as school superintendents, principals, administrators of madaris, and other stakeholders.
“The Education Ministry needs to understand the needs, ideals, and aspiration of the ‘education community’, that’s why we are conducting this consultation,” said Minister of Education Mohagher Iqbal in his speech read by Member of the Parliament (MP) Atty. Rasol Mitmug who is vice chair of the panel on Committee on Education.
MPs Iqbal, also MBHTE Minister is chair of the BTA panel on Bangsamoro Education.
 “So the members of the education community can share their insights to enhance the draft (of BEC) and ensure its passage in the Parliament,” Iqbal added.

According to the Chapter III Section 2 of the BEC, education community refers to “those persons or groups of persons as such or associated in institutions involved in organized teaching and learning systems.”

Monday’s consultation was conducted simultaneously at the BTA Extension Office and Pagana Kutawato Native Restaurant in the city; Jolo Town Hall Complex in Jolo, Sulu; R and R Garden in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi; and in SP Hall in Isabela City, Basilan. 

Meanwhile, consultation for Lanao del Sur will be held on November 27.

According to Iqbal, the BEC signifies the Bangsamoro’s collective vision for inclusive, balanced, relevant, and effective educational system for the BARMM.

“To summarize, the Bangsamoro Government envisions an education system that focuses on developing learners or students, where competent teachers use a relevant and adaptive curriculum, schools are well managed and become safe and creative spaces for learning; all school heads, administrators, and employees are transparent and accountable in carrying out their functions,” Iqbal said.

Iqbal filed the BEC in the plenary during a special session held 
Last October 28, MP Iqbal filed the Bangsamoro Education Code in a plenary of the BTA..