July 23, 2024

When this column was submitted, the person who will head the Department of Education has not yet been appointed.
But this near-sighted Ibaloy writer hopes that the individual that has been (or will be) chosen for such an important position is not a career politician, has management skills, is a people-person, has been a teacher or part of the education sector, has a heart for genuine and selfless public service, and most importantly, not corrupt.
As we all know, the DepEd plays an important role in the education and to an extent, character formation of our children at least until senior high school then the Commission on Higher Education takes over for tertiary and graduate school.
If I’m not mistaken, the DepEd is usually allocated the highest budget annually in acknowledgment of its importance. We could surmise then that the DepEd is the “primus inter pares” (first among equals) as compared to other important national government offices.
To digress a bit, let me emphasize that parents continue to play the most crucial role in raising their children, making sure that their needs are met, and that they grow up to be productive, law-abiding and God-fearing citizens of this beautiful archipelago of delicious coconuts and smiling carabaos.
So, let us not shirk our responsibility as parents to our kids and just rely on government for everything. Just saying.
Here’s hoping and praying that the next DepEd chief will have the needed skills, knowledge, integrity, humility, industry, creativity and experience for the job. May he have the heart for the welfare of students, teachers, parents and all those in the education sector.
Now, why did I say that if possible, the next DepEd head should not be a career politician? Well, its former chief was a career politician (a member of an entrenched political dynasty, in fact) and what happened?
So there.