Press Release
August 6, 2010

To improve RP's elementary and secondary schools competitiveness

Senator Edgardo J. Angara stressed the need to institute a comprehensive and sustainable modernization program for all public elementary and secondary schools aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of delivery of basic education, which is embodied in a viable long-term modernization program.

"The era of globalization has placed extreme pressure on our government to produce highly specialized and technical personnel in a relatively short period of time. Given the rapid changes and developments in the field of Information Technology and emergence of knowledge-based society, the Philippines has to reorient the thrusts of its educational system to meet the growing needs and demands of a highly competitive world market," said Angara who chairs the Senate Committee on Education.

He added, "We ought to formulate a viable, comprehensive and sustainable long-term modernization plan for schools primarily at the elementary and secondary levels."

Angara, former chairman of the Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM), said that students in public schools have been left behind by their counterparts in the private schools.

The senator added that given the scarce resources of the national government, there is a need to be more cost-effective and innovative in our approach to finance school modernization programs. This can be achieved through active partnership with local government units and private sector such as foundations private corporations and business groups.

The School Modernization and Innovation aims to:

a) Provide a broad framework for the institutionalization of a comprehensive and sustainable modernization program for the public schools;

b) Encourage the schools to become more innovative and resourceful in developing and implementing programs geared towards modernization;

c) Develop mechanisms that will define the roles and responsibilities of the officials from the regional, division down to the school levels in the implementation of school modernization programs;

d) Provide mechanism on how the private sector can participate in the program;

e) Define regional and school modernization plans responsive to the needs of the students in the area.

"This is the most opportune time for the government to seriously consider ways of increasing the share of budget devoted to computerization of schools, upgrading of libraries and science laboratories. Moreover the application of information technology in classroom instruction would increase efficiency in teaching and learning process and enhance competencies of students," said Angara.

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