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President Marcos Struggles to Choose New DepEd Secretary

New DepEd Secretary

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. admitted he is having difficulty selecting a new Secretary for the Department of Education (DepEd). In an interview following the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) and National Unity Party (NUP) Alliance Signing Ceremony in Makati City, the President said, “In short, yes, I am having a hard time choosing because the job of DepEd is very complicated.”

Challenges in Selection

According to the report of Tutubi News Magazine, calls have been made for the next DepEd Secretary to be an educator, administrator, and historical professor. President Marcos acknowledged these concerns, stating, “All of these and they are all valid concerns. That’s what education is all about. And that is why… I’ve gone through so many CVs. We have many capable individuals.”

“We need to choose someone who understands the importance of being an educator. But we also need to find someone who can galvanize this very large bureaucracy, which is the DepEd, to achieve all the necessary changes to improve educational standards,” he added.

Importance of Educator

The President emphasized the need to appoint an educator who can support both teachers and students. “We always look at our test scores. We have to improve the test scores. So, we need an educator who understands how to help the students and how to help the teachers,” President Marcos said.

President Marcos also thanked Vice President Sara Duterte for her efforts during her tenure at DepEd. “The job at DepEd is tough. That’s why we have to thank Inday Sara for the effort she put in,” he stated.

Calls for a Qualified Secretary

Rep. France Castro of ACT Teachers Partylist stressed that the next DepEd Secretary should have sufficient experience and understanding of the education sector, empathy, and the ability to listen to the concerns of students and teachers. She urged President Marcos not to base the appointment on political considerations.

“Education is crucial, so it is essential to appoint a secretary who can address the needs of the public and strengthen the country’s education system,” Castro added.

Read Also: Vice President Sara Duterte Resigns from Marcos Cabinet, DepEd, and NTF-ELCAC

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