Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday underscored the need to equip the school teachers with more knowledge to bring back the country’s top spot in terms of literacy rate in Asian region. “We should primarily support the needs of our teachers, not only financial health and benefits but continued trainings because they are the ones who educate our students to become the best graduates in Asia,” Marcos said during his campus tour at the Rizal Technological University-Pasig City campus.
Marcos recalled that the Philippines has the highest literacy rate in Asia in the mid-80s. “Our literacy rate at the time was around 96 to 97 percent because the most important part of the government services then was education,” Marcos said.
Marcos commended the government of President Benigno Aquino III for pushing the K-12 education program to adopt the international standard in the granting of the basic education. “I think it is right to have additional two years in our basic education because that is being required to our overseas Filipino workers,” Marcos said.
Marcos, however, advised the government to put in order the K-12 program implementation by addressing the lack of teachers and facilities for senior high school. “I’ve heard that not even one teacher for senior high school is available. We have to give education the highest priority so that our graduates can match with the graduates of the world,” Marcos said.
In front of the 2,000 students, Marcos promised to oppose a proposal to reduce the budget of the SUCs (states, colleges and universities) under the proposed Php3.002-trillion national budget.
“I will block any move to reduce the budget of the SUCs because, in fact, we have to give more to improve your facilities,” Marcos said to the delight of the RTU students.