Making Bohol a center for educational excellence

Closing n on the dream of making Bohol a center for educational excellence in the region, Governor Edgar Chatto said launching the Dynamic Learning Program (DLP) next year and engaging the country’s education secretary would be a big step.

At his weekly radio program aired live over local radio stations, Chatto revealed that no less than secretary and another top official of the Department of Education (DepEd) will be here within the week.

Despite a 93% literacy rating, local officials noted that landing better jobs for graduates is still an issue.

Amidst troubled educational system in the country, local officials have resolved to address at least the basic need of tooling of high school graduates to get them better chances of a job.

Earlier, Chatto cited a recent study that shows a high rate of high school students not making it to college.

Picking up education as an administration’s priority, Chatto drew a system where technical and vocational skills training in the high school would be put in, to assure young workers better chances of jobs.

Upon learning of the successful implementation of a (DLP) as pioneered by Jagna town couple Christopher and Ma. Victoria Bernido, he said such could be done in Bohol.

Themselves noted physicists and academicians, the Bernido couple developed an efficient learning and teaching method, one that Chatto hopes could be replicated in Bohol secondary schools.

The Bernidos, who administer Central Visayas Institute in Jagna has implemented a student centered learning system, where teaching focuses on student activity rather than on traditional classroom lectures.

A blog at says “the set-up is 70% student activity–30% lecture/discussion, and usually national experts do the majority of the lectures via video. The students learn independently, because each activity is provided with a clear, learning target.”

“The student will try to understand the lesson on their own by reading the concept notes and by doing the exercises before the lesson is discussed and explained,” the blog shared.

Some examples of student activities are solving exercises, answering guide questions and copying notes.

“Each student keeps a portfolio of his work as a representative documentation of his schoolwork. This would later on serve as his reviewer and proof also of his performance in school.”

The program includes a portfolio of learning activities to be individually accomplished by the students, and closely-associated weekly video-based lectures featuring National Expert Teachers.

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