In line with the ongoing project of the Ministry of Education of Bangladesh entitled Secondary Education Sector Development Project (SESDP), CPSC in coordination with the Department of Education of the Philippines organized a "Study Tour on Monitoring and Quality Assurance in Secondary Education". The project aimed at examining how other countries monitor the quality of secondary education in decentralized education systems.
The study tour was conducted in Manila, Philippines for the two batches of high officials from the Ministry of Education of Bangladesh and administrators of SESDP that consisted of 15 delegates from July 15 to 23 and from August 2 to 10, 2011 for 14 delegates for the first and second batch, respectively.
Conducted through lectures and study visits to various public schools in the Philippines, the program provided an overview of the Philippine secondary education system and an opportunity to observe the system of quality assurance for teaching and learning and assessment practices in Philippine model secondary schools for benchmarking purposes. Some of the lectures described and explained governance of education and budget support policies, procedures to monitor school compliance to policy and actions, system for quality assurance of teaching and learning, and student evaluation and assessment practices in the Philippine secondary education system. Special lectures on the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) were also given to introduce APACC as a mechanism for quality assurance in TVET systems in the Asia Pacific Region.
Program Resource Speakers were composed of distinguished officials from the Philippine Department of Education namely: ASec. Jesus L.R. Mateo, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Development; ASec. Armando R. Ruiz, Assistant Secretary for Finance; Dr. Lolita M. Andrada, Director IV, Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE); Ms. Ana Marie Hernandez, Project Development Officer BSE – School Accreditation; Ms. Lotus M. Postrado, Assistant Chief, Project Development and Evaluation Division (PDEP). On the other hand, Engr. Md. Jahangir Alam, CPSC Faculty Specialist and Prof. TJ Tesoro-Gayondato, Chair, Projects and Consultancy Division, shared their insights on APACC as Resource Speakers and Program Coordinators for the first and second batch, respectively.
The delegation visited public high schools comprised of: Benigno Aquino High School, Makati City; Lagro High School, Quezon City; Ramon Magsaysay High School, Manila; and the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA), Laguna.
In his special message, the CPSC Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub expressed high appreciation to the Ministry of Education of Bangladesh for the wonderful opportunity given to CPSC in constantly providing quality programs and services to member countries. He further conveyed his wish that the program would be beneficial to the Ministry and would be able to contribute in addressing challenges, among them are enhancing curriculum and examinations and establishing central and decentralized systems for monitoring, evaluation, and quality assurance in the increasing number of secondary schools, to further achieve quality education in Bangladesh.
H.E. Mdm. Majeda Rafiqun Nesa', Ambassador, Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, to the Philippines, graced the closing ceremonies for the first batch’s program. Honorable Joint Secretary (Law & Audit), Mr. Md. Rafiquzzaman, of the Ministry of Education and Mr. Ratan Kumar Roy, Joint Secretary, and Project Director of SESDP headed the first batch of the Bangladesh delegation. The second batch, on the other hand, was led by Mr. Muhammad Ahsanul Jabbar, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Education and Team Leader of the delegation.