On Philippine Education: The Basic Education School Reform Agenda (BESRA)
BASIC EDUCATION SECTOR REFORM AGENDA (BESRA) is a package of policy reforms that as a whole seeks to systematically improve critical regulatory, institutional, structural, financial, cultural, physical and informational conditions affecting basic education provision, access and delivery on the ground. It aims to create a basic education sector that is capable of attaining the country’s Education for All Objectives by the year 2015.
In summary, its objectives are:
1. Universal Adult Functional Literacy;
2. Universal School Participation and Elimination of Drop-outs and Repetition in First Three Grades;
3. Universal Completion of the Full Cycle of Basic Education Schooling with Satisfactory Achievement Levels by All At Every Grade or Year; and
4. Total Community Commitment to Attainment of Basic Education Competencies for All.
In order for the basic education sector to achieve the above listed desired educational outcomes for all Filipinos, the BESRA focuses on specific policy actions within five key reform thrusts (KRT) as follows: