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BTA bill pushes learners to undergo remedial classes

COTABATO CITY — As in-person classes in the country will soon resume, Bangsamoro lawmakers reiterated the importance of implementing a learning intervention program for struggling students in the region.

Under Parliament Bill 209, the program will be known as the Supplemental Academic Learning Amelioration Program (SALAP), which aims to improve the learning competencies of students and boost their confidence as they transition from lower to higher grades.

The program will implement well-systematized tutorial sessions to ensure mastery of essential competencies covering the subjects of language and mathematics for Grades 1 to 12 and science for Grades 3 to 12.

Reading will be prioritized to develop the critical and analytical skills of learners. Program’s tutors will also focus on building foundation skills to strengthen the literacy and numeracy competencies of kindergarten learners.

The measure allows tutorial sessions covering the most essential learning competencies under the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum to be conducted in three modalities to ensure accessibility for learners: face-to-face, online, and blended learning.

Students who will undergo supplemental classes under the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education include incoming grade one, first-year high school or college students; learners lagging academically; and marginally below the minimum level of mastery in language, mathematics, and science subjects.

Meanwhile, tutors will also undergo adequate training on innovative instructional techniques, interpersonal skills, social-emotional learning, and cultural competency and will receive compensation from MBHTE and the Ministry of Finance.

MP Don Loong, along with the other 22 co-authors, introduced the proposed measure. (LTAIS-Public Information, Publication, and Media Relations Division)

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