COTABATO CITY: The new advocacy of Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is that no child should be left behind, especially in terms of the special educational requirements at the time of the pandemic.
Iqbal, who is also a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) parliament, filed the proposed Bangsamoro Education Code (BEC) in the BTA during a special session held here in this city recently.
Iqbal emphasized that the BEC or BTA Parliament Bill 70 is “an act providing for the establishment, maintenance and support of a complete and integrated system of quality education in the Bangsamoro.” It is one of the six priority legislations the BTA needs to pass during the transition period.
As this developed, public teachers in the provinces of Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi have expressed their optimism on the outcome of the BEC.
Imelda Mangkabong, a teacher of Talipao National High School in Sulu, said they are hoping that the BEC will be passed soon by the BTA.
Mangkabong said she is optimistic the BEC will bring an effective and transparent educational system to the entire autonomous region.
“Similar to how the Bangsamoro Organic Law meant to our aspiration for meaningful self-governance, the education code is the embodiment of our collective vision for an exclusive, relevant, effective and transparent educational system in the region,” he said.
He also said BEC shall cover and govern all education systems whether formal, nonformal and informal, public and private learning institutions in all levels. Basic, higher and technical education shall be collectively referred to as the Bangsamoro Education System.
Islamic higher education is now a reality. The education of indigenous people is preserved. Peace education has become mainstream. And financial support has been given to public education institutions, including public Madrasah, subsidy to private education institutions and the right of sectarian schools to an uncurtailed propagation of religious beliefs. The BEC was already referred to the parliament’s Committee on Education.