Quality education

July 9, 2023 People's Tonight 312 views

THE continued increase in the budget allocation to the education sector is a welcome development in government efforts to improve the quality of education in the country.

And everybody agrees that the Philippines, an impoverished Southeast Asian nation, must produce quality professionals to retain its standing as a major manpower exporter.

Without doubt, the country badly needs quality education to help prepare our youngsters, men and women, in the highly competitive world of business and other fields.

That’s why people cheered when Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman bared that the Marcos administration is committed to continue improving the quality of education.

Under the 2023 national budget, the administration provided the highest budget allocation of P909.1 billion to the education, culture and manpower development sector.

Secretary Pangandaman made the announcement in a speech during the 81st commencement exercises of the Leyte Normal University (LNU) in Tacloban City last July 8.

Specifically, the budget includes an allocation for some basic education inputs, education assistance and subsidies, and universal access to quality tertiary education.

We share the view of Pangandaman that this is consistent with the constitutional mandate to assign the highest budgetary priority to the education sector.

And like other well-meaning Filipinos, we still believe that our youngsters are the hope of the country.

Indeed, helping these future nation-builders is a move in the right direction considering the many challenges these youngsters face as they march with the fast-changing times.