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PIA Press Release
2007/09/04

PGMA holds roundtable discussion with math and science champions

Manila (4 September) -- Filipino high school students from the Philippine Science High School, Chang Kai Shek College, Naic Central School and Quezon City High School who won in international Math and Science competitions joined President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a roundtable discussion at the Heroes Hall in Malacaņang this afternoon.

The President lauded the Math and Science champions and expressed optimism that more Filipino students would excel through better quality of education, especially in the fields of Math and Science.

In line with this effort, she cited that the DOST will receive close to 50-percent increase in its 2008 budget, from P3.5B this year to P5.5B next year. This, in effect, will also allow a 68-percent raise in the budgets of the Philippine Science High School and other public science high schools in the country.

The President also enumerated science and technology programs that were given appropriations in the proposed 2008 national budget. These include science and technology incubation facilities (P1.5B), training in Math and Science (P1B), more equipment for learning Math and Science (P700M), and introduction of engineering science to high school students. She also stressed the need to invest in human infrastructure, aside from physical infrastructure.

DOST Secretary Estrella Alabastro added that the department has slated P500M next year for the development of a science complex in the University of the Philippines, P100M for bachelor's degree scholarships, and P175M for masteral and doctorate scholarships.

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus reported an increased proficiency in Math, Science and English of Grade 6 students from public schools, based on the results of this year's National Achievement Test (NAT). He cited that compared to 2006 NAT results, the students' proficiency in Math improved by 12.26%, in Science by 10.28%, and in English by 12.45%.

Lapus also announced that the provision of equal quality education among schools nationwide would already be possible with the planned linking of the course contents of some 30,000 schools nationwide through open and distance learning. (OPS/PIA) [top]

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