Friday, January 29, 2010

Presidential candidate Gordon's promise: P40,000 salary for teachers  01/29/2010 MANILA, Philippines - Presidential candidate Richard Gordon claims he's got big perks for students and teachers if he wins in the 2010 election.

In ANC's Youth 2010 presidential forum held at De La Salle University in Taft on Friday, Gordon promised free Kindle e-book readers for public school students and P40,000 in monthly salaries for teachers should he be elected president.

Current teacher's salaries, Gordon explained, are around P12,000 to P15,000 a month, compared to P122,000 a month for teachers in Singapore.  Continue reading here

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Education Nation launches program to save RP education

MANILA, Philippines—Education Nation, a coalition of captains of industry and other concerned citizens, launched Wednesday a blueprint for reform to save the Philippine education system from collapse.  From the Philippine Inquirer
The coalition presented its 10-Point Education Reform Agenda and offered it to presidential candidates in an effort to make education the No. 1 issue in the May elections.

“We at Education Nation are saying `Enough!’ We cannot simply sit back and watch our education system further deteriorate in the hands of a government that has shown little concern for the plight of millions of Filipino children,” Ramon del Rosario Jr., chairman of the Philippine Business for Education (PBED), said at the launch, held at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City.
“With this agenda, we are offering our presidential candidates and their respective teams—all the way down to the mayors—a list of 10 things they can achieve for education over the next three to six years," he said.

Del Rosario said the "10 doable things" could "make a world of difference for learning and achieving in this country.”

The PBED, a major pillar of Education Nation, includes such business heavyweights as Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (Ayala Corp.), Oscar Lopez (First Philippine Holdings Corp.), Manuel V. Pangilinan (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.), Washington Sycip (The SGV Group), Lance Gokongwei (JG Summit Holdings), Tony Tan Caktiong (Jollibee Food Corp.) and Marixi R. Prieto (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Del Rosario said that with Wednesday’s launch, “we serve notice to our candidates that we—parents, teachers, students, business leaders, administrators, civil society representatives and other education stakeholders—shall vote for education come May 2010 and beyond.”
“In unveiling these 10 points, we wish to give fair warning that there should be no more excuses. Our country deserves quality education for all. We demand it. We will watch over it. We shall fight for it,” he said, adding that education should not only be “a priority" but "the priority.”

The "10 doable things" envisioned to reform Philippine education are:
• Increasing the education budget to 4 percent of the gross national product to put it at par with other countries.
• Enhancing basic education by adding two more years to it.
• Promoting academic excellence by developing globally benchmarked standards of excellence.
• Developing community ownership of schools.
• Ensuring universal access to education.
• Strengthening higher education.
• Empowering teachers.
• Building transparency and accountability.
• Supporting private education.
• Maximizing alternative learning.

PBED president Chito Salazar said Education Nation wanted to make education the No. 1 issue and not merely "one of my top 10" because "we also think it is the main route out of poverty.”
He said the 10-point agenda would be presented during a congress of educators next month, and later to vice presidential and senatorial candidates.

“Our objective is to make the entire nation and the education system genuinely functional in order to give everyone the opportunity to better their lives,” Salazar said.

Del Rosario noted that according to the United Nations’ 2010 Education For All Global Monitoring Report, Philippine education indicators were below “what might be expected for a country at its income level,” and that there was “a real danger that the country will fail to achieve universal primary education by 2015.”

The report also said the Philippines was “a particularly striking example of underperformance” worldwide when it came to education reforms.

AIM president Edilberto de Jesus, a former education secretary, said that “in terms of perception," Philippine education has "gone down very many steps” in Southeast Asia.
“After a period when they were sending their students here to get higher education degrees, now our degrees are kind of discounted. It hurts our overseas Filipino workers because [overseas employers] see the degrees from the Philippines and [OFWs] do not get the compensation levels that are given to graduates of other countries,” De Jesus said.

“We need to involve more people because the problems are systemic problems. What we are seeing is that we really need an education president because when push comes to shove, you have to have at the very top somebody who is ready to call the shots and enforce the principles needed if we are to reform education,” he said.

Former Education undersecretary Juan Miguel Luz, now with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, said the claim in the Arroyo administration’s “legacy” ads that the quality of Philippine education has improved could not be easily confirmed.

For example, he said, while there may be "one textbook for every student" according to purchase figures since 2001, "chances are we have not distributed these so that [we can say] the textbooks are in the hands of the students."

“So, if you want to measure whether or not there is a legacy, you really want to measure outputs. Do we have more kids [graduating from school]? The answer is probably not,” Luz said.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Farming 101 taught in Cainta high school in the Philippines

Philippine Daily Inquirer 01/23/2010    IN THIS SCHOOL TUCKED IN the back roads of Metro Manila, the rice field becomes the classroom of a lifetime.  Temple Hill International School in Cainta, Rizal province is not quite like your typical agricultural school.

“Although farming is part of the curriculum, they don’t get grades from planting rice. It is an extra subject,” high school principal Mebruhtu Zemui Tesfazghi told Inquirer. “They plant rice as a group, but they raise vegetables individually.”

Among the plants the students grow in the verdant plots are squash, onion, pandan, eggplants, taragon tea, patola (gourd) and sweet potatoes, or kamote. 
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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Monthly salaries for Filipino Teachers from Jobstreet

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Position LevelMin (Peso)*Average (Peso)*Max (Peso)*
Assistant Manager / Manager15,000.0020,000.0030,000.00
Supervisor / 5 Years & Up Experienced Employee12,000.0014,000.0017,100.00
1-4 Years Experienced Employee 9,000.0010,933.0014,000.00
Fresh Grad / < 1 Year Experienced Employee7,500.009,600.0011,000.00

Philippine Teachers' group to Comelec: Start election training

GMA News A national advocacy group for teachers called on the Commission on Elections to start training teachers for automated election duty immediately and not wait for February when "we will be busy with school tasks." Teachers will need to be familiar with a new complex system for voting, including multiple-choice ballots and voting machines with computer codes.  Continue reading here