Ediegul asks Congress to invest ‘billions’ in retooling teachers

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CONGRESS should earmark “billions of pesos” in fresh funding to retool public school teachers in English, math and science in the years ahead, amid the deteriorating performance of Filipino students in global assessments, Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas said on Sunday, July 11, 2021.

“Right now, we are spending only P723 per head annually for the continuing education of our teachers through formal in-service training. This is a ridiculously low amount,” Gullas, an educator, said.

“We should be investing anywhere from P5,000 to P10,000 per head every year to develop the knowledge and skills of our teachers, particularly in English, math and science, through seminars and workshops,” he added.

In this year’s General Appropriations Act, Gullas said the Department of Education (DepEd) is getting only P675 million “for the in-service training and other learning and development interventions to upgrade the competence of public school teachers.”

In 2020, the DepEd had a budget of only P780 million for the same purpose.

Gullas urged the DepEd to work more closely with teacher training institutions at the University of the Philippines, the Philippine Normal University and the Development Academy of the Philippines.

Most Filipino students “do not know what they should know” in school, according to a recent World Bank report.

The report said poor learning outcomes were observed among Filipino students, with over 80 percent of them falling below minimum levels of expected proficiency.

The report was based on the performance of Filipino students in the Program for International Student Assessment in 2018, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study in 2019 and the Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics also in 2019. (PR)

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