It is my pleasure to greet the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP), as you conduct the 4th MTAP National Conference on Mathematics Education.
Education reform remains one of our government’s key strategies for empowering our citizenry with opportunities to succeed in a global economy. The transition to a K-12 curriculum is a major step in this direction, and I am thankful for the support of our country’s educators, who are well aware of the challenges that this new system aims to address and – more importantly – see our goals bear fruit. I am confident that this conference will generate a dynamic exchange of ideas and best practices that will redound to our students’ improved comprehension and practical application of mathematics.
It is with great pride and honor for the Department of Education to join the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (MTAP) in welcoming all the participants to the 4th National Conference on Mathematics Education.
The Department is grateful to the association for its unwavering efforts in enhancing the knowledge and skills of school heads and mathematics teachers , both in elementary and the secondary levels. We are hopeful that not only will this translate to an improvement in the students’ appreciation and application of the mathematical concepts, but more so to produce graduates who are independent and life-long learners in line with the implementation of the K to 12 basic education program.
We wish you a fruitful conference.
The theme, Mathematics: Gearing Towards K to 12, for the First MTAP National Conference and Seminar-Workshop in Mathematics is very timely. By June, we will begin our new system of education. We have high hopes that with the new system, our graduates will be comparable to those of our ASEAN neighbors.
In the more than 30 years that I have been working with teachers and students, there have been many reforms but each of them failed to make any improvement in the achievement of our students. In fact, the results kept going down. The main reason why reforms did not succeed is that most of us did not own the changes. We hear teachers saying, "I am only doing what I have been told to do." For K to 12 to succeed, a critical number of stakeholders, especially us, teachers, must own the changes. We have to make the decision to make K to 12 succeed, that its success will begin with us.