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President Aquino says government remains focused in providing quality education for Filipino students

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President Benigno S. Aquino III shares the stage with the students from the Center for Excellence (CENTEX) Elementary School for a group photo souvenir during the ceremonial signing of Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of the Malaca?n Palace on Wednesday (May 15). The K to 12 program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. In photo are House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Senator Edgardo Angara. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III shares the stage with the students from the Center for Excellence (CENTEX) Elementary School for a group photo souvenir during the ceremonial signing of Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of the Malaca?n Palace on Wednesday (May 15). The K to 12 program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. In photo are House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Senator Edgardo Angara. (MNS photo)

MANILA, May 15 (Mabuhay) — The government’s quest to provide quality education for all Filipino students remains a top priority as it continues to introduce reforms and programs designed to uplift and improve the delivery of knowledge and learning of schools, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday.

Speaking to authors, co-authors, development partners, the steering committee and technical working group, teachers and students after signing into law Republic Act No. 10533 otherwise known as the Enhanced Basic Education Act or the K to 12 Basic Education Program in Malacanang, the President said that since he assumed Office in 2010, his Administration has been working towards creating quality education for Filipino students.

He said by steadily increasing the budget for education and by fully supporting scholarship programs such as the Training for Work Scholarship Program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority as well as implementing the Public Higher Education Roadmap of the Commission on Higher Education, teachers, students and schools are now better-equipped to impart and receive lessons.

“Totoo po na hindi nalilihis ang tutok natin sa pagsusulong ng dekalidad na edukasyon. Mula nang tayo’y manungkulan, taon-taon nating inaangat ang budget ng basic education. Sa katunayan mula sa mahigit 161 billion pesos na budget noong 2010, naitaas na natin ito sa mahigit 232 billion pesos ngayong 2013,” the President said.

“Sa Technical Education naman, nariyan ang Industry Based Training for Work Scholarship Program ng TESDA, na may higit sa 150,900 scholars nang hinasa at natulungan sa pamumuno ni Joel Villanueva,” he added.

“Samantala, para sa ating mga state universities and colleges, umaarangkada na ang Public Higher Education Roadmap ng CHED na ang isa sa mga layunin ay paunlarin ang mga pasilidad panturo ng ating mga State Universities and Colleges,” the President said.

He pointed out that under the helm of Education Secretary Armin Luistro, the textbook and table and chair gap has been already addressed while the classroom shortage of 66,800 will be fully complied with by the end of 2013.

“Walang duda: ang K to 12 Act ay bunga ng ating patuloy na pagsisikap na itulak ang makabuluhan at positibong reporma hindi lang sa sistemang pang-edukasyon sa ating bansa, kundi maging sa lahat ng sektor ng ating lipunan. Ito’y tagumpay na sumasalamin sa ating nagkakaisang hangarin na mamuhunan sa pinakamahalaga nating yaman—ang mamamayang Pilipino. Patunay ito sa isang panata: na walang maiiwan sa pagtahak natin sa landas tungo sa kaginhawaan,” the President said.

“Sa ating mabuting pamamahala, abot-kamay na po ng bawat Juan at Juana de la Cruz ang mga pangarap na dati’y ‘di man lang natin matanaw. Patuloy po tayong humakbang sa iisang direksyon at sama-sama nating iangat ang ating minamahal na bayan. Sa paglalatag natin ng tamang balangkas para sa ating sistemang pang-edukasyon, nilalatag din po natin ang saligan para sa isang Pilipinas na maunlad, mapayapa, at bukal ng pagkakataon para sa bawat Pilipino,” he concluded. (MNS)

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