Batanes to Tawi-Tawi
with Julmunir I. Jannaral
This Column is named as Batanes To Tawi-Tawi for the simple reason we have to expose the good, the bad, and the ugly from the northernmost part of the country to the southernmost part of the Philippines.
Hence, geographically Tawi-Tawi is the southernmost part. Now let us start discussing the farthest municipality which is Sitangkai as far as the educational system is concerned.
Considering that Tawi-Tawi is one of the provinces under the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the public schools here in Tawi-Tawi is by operation of law are under the administrative jurisdiction of the Ministry of Basic, Higher, Technical Education (MBHTE) under the leadership of Minister Mohagher Iqbal based in Cotabato City.
My informant who begged not to be identified is one of the teachers of Sitangkai municipality. She agreed to talk to this columnist on condition that we will not divulge her name. Hence, a clue she is a woman and has been a teacher for more than 10 years already.
She is an LPT or Licensed Professional Teacher having passed already the LET or Licensure Examination for Teachers administered by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).
Her first confidential whisper is that political intervention plays an important role and not based on merit that is a great factor for promotion in Tawi-Tawi. I am optimistic that as a teacher the confidential whispers she is telling me are true and based on facts.
Hence, if there is a political patronage a teacher who needs to be promoted should secure an endorsement or recommendation from the Congressman, Governor, Vice Governor, Board Member, Mayor, Vice Mayor. What she missed to tell me if a recommendation from a Barangay Chairman is still needed.
No wonder she sent to my Facebook Messenger a screenshot of endorsement or recommendation from the Deputy Speaker of Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) as well as from a Member of Parliament (MP) addressed to the head of the school.
She identified the name of Tawi-Tawi Schools Division Superintendent as Dr. Fatima Bensali Abubakar. She can attest that Dr. Abubakar is a good head of schools or superintendent of Tawi-Tawi.
But what can affect the kind or good reputation of Dr. Abubakar are her “Angels” surrounding her for these are “Angels of Bad Influence or (ABI). Hence, an unsolicited advice, Dr. Abubakar should insulate herself from the ABI and they should be transferred from the Office of Tawi-Tawi Schools Superintendent and let the good ones be remained.
Asked on what is the difference of DepEd under the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as compared to the MBHTE under BARMM, she said the DepEd under ARMM especially during the tenure of the then DepEd Regional Secretary John A. Magno many ghost teachers and ghost schools were purged.
On the other hand, she said the MBHTE under Minister Iqbal there is a great improvement since the license of the teachers are being checked upon as to its authenticity.
The last confidential whisper that she told me there is no such thing as “faculty development” in MBHTE in Tawi-Tawi where teachers even out of their time and money are not allowed to go on further studies.
At this juncture, Dr. Abubakar should intervene for I know she does not allow this to happen in her turf. My informant said it is only during summer time where she can go back to school to continue her Doctoral Degree. However, when her school principal knew that she is going back to school the principal was so mad at her since apparently the former does not want her subordinate to rise up and shine educationally. Thus she got the ire of the said principal.
She concluded that their school head has still the crab mentality or what she calls as “Utak Talangka.”
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