MBHTE-BARMM Minister Iqbal distributes educational materials to Schools in Basilan

COTABATO CITY – Minister Mohagher Iqbal  of the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) of the Bangsamoro Region along with his Director General for Basic Education Abdullah Salik, Jr. visited the province of Basilan to distribute educational materials and supplies to Bangsamoro learners and teachers' on Wednesday, June 7 at the two Schools Division Office of MBHTE.
Iqbal distributed Teachers Kit, reference materials for ISAL Teachers, and Science and Technology Human Anatomy Model in Lamitan City, Basilan which was made in a ceremony where it was received by Myra Borja Mangkabung, EdD, CESE at the School Division Office, Santa Clara, Lamitan City. 

"It has been a long time that we hope to have these kinds of materials and I'm sure you are very happy because our learners will be utilizing these in the day-to-day activities in schools, particularly the books," thanked SDS Mangkabung. 

From the Basilan School Division Office in Lamitan City, Minister Iqbal also went to Maluso Elementary School in the afternoon to distribute the same school supplies and materials. Basilan School Division Superintendent Dr. Tim J. Undain-Sanchez received the educational supplies for the teachers and students in the ceremony with the teachers and Bangsamoro learners. 

"You know his (Education Minister Iqbal) presence himself is already a great inspiration to us. He tries his best to address our needs," SDS Sanchez said happily during the program. 

Aside from the turn-over ceremony which is the center of his visit along with attending the 1st Provincial Education Summit in Basilan, he also made a surprise visit to Lamitan Central Elementary School in Lamitan City, Concepcion Elementary School and Concepcion National High School in Lantawan, Basilan to personally see a science classroom where a blaze burned computers, laboratory apparatus on the night of Thursday, June 1st. 

According to the teachers of Concepcion National High School, the fire was allegedly due to "faulty wiring" and it distracted the students' class because the said classroom could no longer be used. "We have surprise visits, the one we went to the Lamitan City school, even the School Division Superintendent we didn't tell, I didn't tell, it's not because I don't trust them but that's our policy that even the Deputy Minister that we are together but I am not saying…,” said Iqbal.

Iqbal said that he did not announce the surprise visit to the schools so that they could not prepare because he did not want the teachers to be bothered for preparations, and he said this was a way to see the true condition of each school that he will be visiting.