Press Release
August 29, 2011


In a recent forum held at the Philippine Normal University, Senator Edgardo J. Angara stressed the need to review and reevaluate the standards of teacher education in the Philippines.

"Every year, we produce tens of thousands of teachers in schools all over the country. However, the education and training they get are not up to standard," said Angara.

In the April 2011 Licensure Examination for Teachers, only around 13,000 out of the 62,000 examinees passed, or about one in five. "This is dismal average--a pitiful waste of human capital," said Angara.

He then underscored the importance of educators in nation development.

"The task of overhauling the Philippine educational system falls on you--educators who mold the minds and hearts of the youth. In order to improve the performance of our students and graduates, we must first focus on upgrading the training of our teachers," he explained.

Angara applauded the initiatives of the PNU, designated the National Center for Teacher Education by virtue of Republic Act 9647. "This forum is equivalent to a self-assessment of the Philippine educational system," he said.

According to Angara, chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Culture and Arts, urged stakeholders to channel their efforts towards boosting the training of the country's teachers.

"The education sector, led by our teachers, is one of the institutions necessary for innovation. This is why we must not be left behind by our neighbors in Southeast Asia in terms of teaching techniques and pedagogy," he stressed.

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