April 30, 2012
ANGARA: EDUC REFORMS ARE KEY TO IMPROVING
Senator Edgardo J. Angara reiterated his call for the improvement of the country's human capital through system wide educational reforms, in commemoration of the approaching Labor Day.
"The government must make this great challenge a top priority--we will need a unified effort from different agencies, not just the Department of Education, as well as from stakeholders in the private sector," said Angara, Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture.
"There must be constant coordination between all the players if we are to implement the necessary changes in the curriculum, boost professional training and enhance our overall competitiveness."
According to Angara, boosting the labor pool's skills base is a necessary and long overdue step not only towards economic development but also better labor welfare.
"It is only by deepening the skills base of our people can we actually broaden the job opportunities open to them and create the enabling environment where they can lift themselves out of hardship," explained the veteran lawmaker. "
Angara, a former UP President, cited the upcoming changes in the Basic Education Curriculum as a major contributor towards human capital development.
The K to 12 Program set to start this coming school year will prepare students for the workforce, as well as give them the choice to develop skills and proficiencies in their preferred areas of expertise.
"Through this system, high school graduates could already apply for jobs, should they choose to forego tertiary education. The proposed extra years of education already put our students at par with the rest of the world," stressed Angara.
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