COTABATO CITY – To ensure that Bangsamoro teachers are well-equipped to meet the evolving demands of the education sector and to bridge the learning gaps caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Bangsamoro Parliament have introduced two education bills.
The two bills, if passed into law, will impact the quality of education in the Bangsamoro region.
Members of Parliament Amilbahar Mawallil and Atty. Rasol Mitmug Jr., jointly filed Parliament Bill No. 258, or the Bangsamoro Teachers’ Continuing Education Act of 2023.
Mawallil, explaining the rationale behind the bill, highlighted that continuous education empowers teachers to acquire knowledge of innovative teaching methods, cutting-edge technologies, and educational tools.
He emphasized the importance of such recognition and professional growth in motivating teachers to do their best and remain dedicated to their profession.
Beyond enhancing the quality of education, it is expected to address unique regional needs and contribute to the long-term development of the Bangsamoro Region.
The bill outlines that all Bangsamoro public school teachers will be required to complete a minimum of 18 hours of continuing education activities approved by the Bangsamoro Education Board every three years.
The curriculum includes refresher courses in their respective subjects. Successful completion of this program will be a qualification standard for promotional appointments for Bangsamoro public school teachers.
MPs Atty. Laisa Alamia, Engr. Baintan Ampatuan, Engr. Don Mustapha Loong, Atty. Suharto Ambolodto, Rasul Ismael, Dr. Hashemi Dilangalen, and Hamid Malik are co-authors of BTA Bill No. 258.
Meanwhile, BTA Bill No. 259 seeks to establish a Learning Recovery Fund that will serve as a dedicated financial resource for Bangsamoro students to address the learning gaps that have emerged due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education will administer the fund.
According to Mawallil, the COVID-19 pandemic presented unprecedented challenges to the Bangsamoro education system.
The sudden closure of schools, the shift to remote learning, and the disruption of traditional educational routines led to substantial learning gaps and exacerbated existing disparities in the educational landscape.
These disparities primarily affect students’ learning outcomes and academic progress.
The Learning Recovery Fund, as proposed in BTA Bill No. 259, will empower the MBHTE to allocate resources for targeted initiatives.
It includes additional tutoring and academic support for students who have fallen behind, the expansion of accessible and high-quality educational resources, specific interventions for students with special education needs or disabilities, opportunities for professional development for educators, and the promotion of community engagement and parental involvement in education.
Through the Bangsamoro Learning Recovery Act of 2023, the Bangsamoro government aims to proactively address the learning gaps and prioritize the recovery of lost knowledge and skills among students.
MPs Mawallil, Dilangalen, Malik, and Atty. Mitmug are the main proponents of BTA Bill No. 259.
The co-authors of this bill are MPs Atty. Laisa Alamia, Engr. Baintan Ampatuan, Engr. Don Mustapha Loong, Atty. Suharto Ambolodto, and Rasul Ismael. (LTAIS-Public Information, Publication, and Media Relations Division)