Solon pushes passage of Early Years Act of 2012

A lawmaker is seeking the passage of the posposed Early Years Act of 2012 to remedy flaws in the country’s educatioal system.

Rep. Salvador Escudero III (1st District, Sorsogon), said the success of the government to improve higher education is unsure if there is no strong foundation for the development of Filipino children below six years old.

Escudero III, Chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, noted that the high drop out rate in the country’s basic education system is due to the lack of support from zero to six years old, which was cited by the experts as the most critical years for  learning.

“During this stage, our Filipino children are not reared and made ready to enter Grade 1.  Instead, 1.2 million are in play centers not fit to prepare them for school while 2.5 million children of school age are not enrolled,” Escudero said.

Escudero said the proposed  will  remedy the flaws in our education system, making it a national responsibility to equalize opportunities available to Filipino children, refocusing the 49,712 day care centers in 47,000 barangays all over the country from a playroom to a learning center by rationalizing and restructuring the day care into an early childhood education center.

Study shows that 50 percent of a person’s ability to learn is developed at age four, while learning pathways in the brain are formed from zero to six years.

Under the measure, ECCD Council shall be under the Department of Education as an attached agency, instead of the Office of the President or the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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