Press Release
July 5, 2012


Senator Edgardo J. Angara underscored the importance of strengthening the country's science and mathematics curriculum after Philippine universities were listed among the world's best in teaching English.

"This is a positive piece of news about Philippine education. English, however, is not enough. Reforms to our educational system should also focus on boosting math, science and technology," said Angara, Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture.

Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines (UP), and De La Salle University (DLSU) entered the list of this year's top 50 universities that best teach English in the world, according to an international research and ratings firm Quacquarelli Symonds.

The current rankings showed that the three universities improved from their 2011 rankings. Ateneo landed on the 24th spot, surpassing UP as the country's top university in teaching English. UP now ranked 32ndwhile DLSU, 44th.

"English language skills will definitely help Filipinos land a job but this should be coupled with a strong capacity for science and technology in order to be more competitive globally," said Angara, also the Chair of the Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Engineering.

The senator further reiterated that continuous training in science and math, and better pay for Filipino teachers should be the priority reforms to our educational system to ensure that our schools can attract the best and most qualified teachers out there.

"The wave of the future is in science and technology, as it always has been. Our youth is perhaps one of the most creative in the world. What we need to do now is to deepen our education in science and technology-intensive fields," added Angara.

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