Iqbal vows anew to improving BARMM’s education system

The Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) conducted a second consultation phase on the reactivation of two school division offices (SDOs) in the province of Sulu held at the Grand Astoria Hotel in Zamboanga City on Monday, May 20.

The division’s school heads, nurses, and other personnel participated in the consultation that aimed to engage in a dialogue and serve as a platform to gather their insights and share experiences, best practices, and innovative ideas.  

MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal, in his message via Zoom, reaffirmed the Ministry’s “unwavering commitment to continuously improving the education system in (the) BARMM.” 

“We are dedicated to providing support and resources necessary to ensure that every Bangsamoro child can access quality, inclusive, and relevant education,” Iqbal said. 

Iqbal acknowledged the presence of all those involved “who signified their commitment to this cause and willingness to contribute to improving the educational framework.”

“We understand that these discussions may bring up difficult topics or differing opinions, but we are here to support and guide you. By working together, we can identify our challenges, brainstorm solutions, and develop strategies to enhance the quality of education in our region,” Iqbal said.

In a statement posted on its official Facebook Page, the MBHTE said “the separation of Sulu SDO is pursuant to BARMM Executive Order No. 0002, series of 2021, which the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) has not yet enforced mostly due to the pandemic and fewer leveling-off sessions at that time.”

“The EO is aligned and has a similar objective with the existing two schools division arrangements for big provinces such as Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur,” the MBHTE said.

The first consultation, which was participated in by Sulu SDO’s stakeholders, was held on February 21, 2023.