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Feature: Quality of education is in the hands of teachers

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (29 November) -- The quality of education in the classrooms is in the hands of teachers and there should be continuous improvement in the quality of teachers, said Education Secretary Lesli Lapus.

He said that in English proficiency, the survey showed that 84 percent of those teaching English admit that they are not proficient in English and those who are teaching Science and Math subjects are not majors in these subjects.

"The Philippines is ranked among the lowest 10 percent in match and science subjects.. We accept this huge challenge. We believe the area in education in our country is the most crucial. The future of the country literally depends on the human resource we produce", he said.

Private school population is decreasing because of tuition increases and the problems besetting the Philippine pre-need industry.

There is a 2.7 percent increase in public school population. The budget is only increasing by two percent every year and the gap now is quite big. The budget is not even enough for new entrants. There is also a backlog in textbooks, classrooms and teachers, Lapus said.

According to the World Bank, for the education department to catch up with the resource gap by 2015, the increase in education budget should be 11 percent every year.

This means an additional P11-billion to P12-billion in appropriation for DedEd year on year, a big leap from the average P2-billion increase the department gets every year, Lapus said.

Because inflation rate is pegged at six to 10 percent, he said there is really no monetary increase.

Some 90 percent of the budget of DepEd goes to personnel services and there are more than 500,000 personnel in the department.

Lapus also emphasized the need to professionalize the ranks of DepEd bureaucracy. (PIA-XI) [top]

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