Teachers benefit from English-proficiency training program
by T. Villavert
Iloilo City (16 February) -- Some 100,000 teachers throughout the country have benefited from the government's English-proficiency training program for public school teachers.
According to the Malacanang press report the government has allocated over P2.5 billion for teacher training over the last three years especially for English teachers.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wanted that the English training should be a continuing program, stressing that her administration has invested much in education and skills.
She added she doubled the budget of DepEd, Technical Education and Skills Development Auhtority (TESDA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the state universities, to P180 billion from its P90 billion budget at the start of her term.
The establishment of the NEPP in 2003 was an offshoot of Executive Order 210 mandating the use of English as a medium of instruction in the elementary grades and high school, particularly in English, Math and Science.
According to the President, the Department of Education (DepEd) is to be cited for their contribution to the English language proficiency. As a result of the teacher's grasp of the language, she said the National Achievement Test (NAT) went up from 44 percent to 65 percent in elementary schools and from 36 to 47 percent in high schools.
The President said she would like to visit one of the 23 Centers of Excellence to observe how newly hired teachers are trained, the Malacanang press report disclosed. (PIA6) [top]