COTABATO CITY: The Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) will expand the implementation of an innovative teaching method in the region to improve the performance of high school students.
The DepEd-ARMM has introduced the Dynamic Learning Program (DLP), a cost effective teaching method where 70 percent of class time is used for student driven activities and 30 percent for reinforcement lectures.
The DLP was developed by spouses Dr. Christopher Bernido and Dr. Maria Victoria Carpio-Bernido, 2010 Ramon Magsaysay awardees and renowned physicists.
The program uses a “parallel class scheme” in which two simultaneous classes are handled by one expert teacher with the help of facilitators.
“We have piloted DLP in the province of Basilan, and based on assessments, the results are encouraging,“ ARMM Education Secretary Jamar Kulayan said.
“We are formulating plans to expand the program in the other provinces by next school year,” Kulayan added.
From January 22-24, a three-day training on DLP was conducted in Basilan to try the concept in teaching subjects such as Physics, Science, English, and Filipino.
Kulayan said DLP is instrumental in the 14 percent increase in the 2014 average result of the National Achievement Test of secondary students in Basilan, which is a hundred percent higher than the 7 percent target for the year.
He said the students displayed more creativity, improved handwriting and critical thinking skills, and were more motivated to learn.
“There was less absenteeism,” he added.
According to the DepEd-ARMM secretary, DLP also helps them address shortage in textbooks since students make use of activity sheets instead of textbooks.
The expansion of DLP in ARMM is geared towards the region’s thrust of producing multi-literate learners through quality education, he explained.