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Gatchalian refiles bill creating NEDCO
To improve the harmonization of policies between the three education sub-sectors of the country, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has refiled a bill that seeks to create the National Education Council (NEDCO).
Senate Bill No. 2017 or the National Education Council Act creates the NEDCO to institutionalize a system of national coordination, planning, monitoring, evaluation, and management among the three education sub-sectors namely the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The proposed measure seeks the formulation of a national education agenda, which shall be anchored on national development plans. It shall establish, among others, the country’s strategic vision for education, long-term and medium-term goals, strategies for a coordinated and coherent implementation, and recommendations on the corresponding investments and appropriations.
The NEDCO’s powers and functions will include the implementation of an action agenda for the development of the country’s capacity for, and success in education as measured by indices and measures such as the National Achievement Test, Programme for International Student Assessment, Education Index, Education for All Development Index, and others it may deem appropriate in measuring growth and development of the education sector.