PAGCOR, PCSO to allot P200M for science, math teachers’ training

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TWO gaming agencies has agreed on the proposal of the Senate committee on education to allocate P200 million annually to fund the science and math training of 10,000 new teachers starting 2013-2014, for seven years, it was learned Tuesday

In an interview, Senator Edgardo Angara said that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) have agreed to shell out P100 million each from their earnings to fund the program.

“We need 10,000 science and math teachers because we are beefing up even the lower grade teaching of biology, algebra and arithmetic. We are far behind. So we need to leap from and the only way is crash program like this,” Angara said.

“I am glad that both PCSO and PAGCOR are willing to realign some of their disbursement to support this program, for the next seven years. So from the P100 million each, or P200 million annually, we will have a minimum of 10,000 new science and math teachers at the end of each program,” he further explained.

The program runs for seven years, from 2013 to 2020, as part of the education enhancement program by the government in order to arrest the continuing decline of math and science proficiency among students in the elementary and secondary level.

“We are far behind that is the main reason the Philippines has not been ranking very well in competitiveness because of our technical incapacity. That springs from the fact that we have a weak science and math teachings in grade schools as well as in basic education,” Angara lamented.

For the training of teacher, Angara said all applicants will be provided with tuition fees, stipends, books and living costs provided that each graduate will teach two years in public schools for every one year of scholarship.

Angara said the program is over and above the existing program and budget of the Department of Education (DepEd) amounting to P231 billion, which only P5 billion, or less than 2 percent, allocated for teachers training and capability enhancement program.

The program is under Senate Bill 3279, an Act Strengthening the Teaching of Science and Mathematics in secondary by science, mathematics and engineering graduates, providing for scholarship, and incentives therefore, and for other purposes.

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