Press Release
August 31, 2010


Sen. Edgardo J. Angara, Chair of the Committee on Education, Culture and Arts headed today's hearing, where each government agency was asked to identify their top three main concerns.

"The purpose of this meeting is not so much to assess and look at proposals, but more of a review of what has been filed at the Senate and what still needs to be done," stated Angara at the beginning of the hearing.

Also present were Senator Vicente Sotto III and Senator Loren Legarda, along with the leaders from NCCA, TESDA, CHEd, UP and other educational institutions in the country.

The educational leaders reported that a shortage of teachers, classrooms and books still seems to be a continuing problem; while a proliferation of illegal learning facilities were beginning to cause alarm.

According to Angara, one of the possible solutions to the decreasing quality of education would be more government-sponsored training.

"The state should be responsible for the skills training for our teachers, and better equipment for the schools so that our students get the best possible education," Angara stressed.

Curriculum development, specifically the proposal to extend Basic Education from 10 to 12 years, and the proposal to move the beginning of the school year, was also discussed briefly.

Officers from the NCCA and the National Museum were also able to air their concerns, and the hearing adjourned with a well-defined compilation of priority topics for deliberation.

Another meeting is set for the 7th of September, where these issues will be discussed at length.

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