Overall objectives of BESRA
(Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda)
The policy actions comprising the BESRA seek to create a basic education sector that is capable of attaining the country’s Education for All Objectives by the year 2015. In summary, these objectives are:
Universal Adult Functional Literacy: All persons beyond school-age, regardless of their levels of schooling should acquire the essential competence to be considered functionally literate in their native tongue, in Filipino or in English.
Universal School Participation and Elimination of Drop-outs and Repetition in First Three Grades: All children aged six should enter school ready to learn and prepared to achieve the required competencies from Grade 1 to 3 instruction.
Universal Completion of the Full Cycle of Basic Education Schooling with Satisfactory Achievement Levels by All At Every Grade or Year: All children aged six to eleven should be on track to completing elementary schooling with satisfactory achievement levels at every grade, and all children aged twelve to fifteen should be on track to completing secondary schooling with similarly satisfactory achievement levels at every year.
Total Community Commitment to Attainment of Basic Education Competencies for All: Every community should mobilize all its social, political, cultural and economic resources and capabilities to support the universal attainment of basic education competencies in Filipino and English. 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: