• Outgoing Department of Education chief has a final request to DepEd officials
  • He urged them to take care of the Kariton Klasrum program completers
  • A total of 1,267 children finished the program

The outgoing Education secretary has a final request to the officials of the Department of Education (DepEd).

In an article written by Amita Legaspi of GMA News, it was disclosed that outgoing DepEd Chief Armin Luistro urged education officials to ensure that children who finished the Kariton Klasrum program will be able to graduate and reach their dreams of having a better life.

Huling habilin ko sa inyong mga maiiwan sa DepEd, huwag na huwag niyo silang iiwan [My final request to you, the officials that will be left here at the DepEd, is to never leave them],” Luistro said in his speech during the culminating activity of the Kariton Klasrum.

Earlier, as part of the effort in promoting inclusive education nationwide, the DepEd started replicating the Dynamic Teen Company’s (DTC) Kariton Klasrum, which was made popular by 2009 CNN Hero awardee Efren Penaflorida, Jr. Under the program, the DepEd provides greater mobility for children-at-risk, out-of-school youths (OSCYs), and school drop-outs in accessing basic education through the Alternative Delivery Modes program.

During the culminating activity, the DepEd announced that a total of 1,267 children aged five to 14 years old, who were not able to go to regular schools, completed the Kariton Klasrum program.

Luistro said he will go after the education officials if they will fail to take care of the “kariton klasrum” finishers.

Ang mga numero ay may pangalan, may mukha. Hindi lang enrollees sila, ngayon sila ay inyong kapatid. ‘Pag may hindi naka-graduate, hindi naabot ang pangarap hahabulin ko kayo [The numbers have names, faces. They are not just enrollees, they are now your brothers. If there’s one who fails to graduate, who fails to reach his dreams, I will go after you],” he said.

The DepEd district and division supervisors, on the other hand, assured the children that they will be accepted at the public schools.