CHED chief bats for 1 education super body

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    MALOLOS CITY— If he had his way, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Sec. Emmanuel Angeles wants to revert trifocal education system of the country into one.

    He was referring to the Department of Education (DepEd), CHED and the Technical Skills and Development Authority (Tesda) which were established in 1994 and 1995.

    According to the DepEd website, the trifocal education system refocused the old Department of Education Culture and Sports (DECS) mandate to basic education which covers elementary, secondary and non formal education. 

    Tesda now administers the post secondary, middle level manpower training and development, while CHED is responsible for higher or college education.

    Along with reverting trifocalized education system into one, Angeles is also proposing the increase of education budget from 2.35 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) to at least four percent.

    He said that this can be done if legislators will allocate 10 percent of their annual pork barrel or priority development assistance fund (PDAF) for the development of education of their respective districts.

    “We have to improve our education system by reverting DepEd, CHED, and Tesda into one department like in the past,” Angeles told Punto Central Luzon in an interview at the Holiday Inn Resort in Clark Freeport on Saturday.

    Angeles said that other countries in the Southeast Asia like Thailand experimented with trifocalized education system and later reverted to one department.

    “Hiwa-hiwalay ang focus, walang coordination,” he said referring to DepEd, CHED and Tesda.

    Angeles stressed that unless the country made immediate adjustments, the country will face catastrophe academically, socially and economically by 2040.

    As an appointee of his Cabalen, outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Angeles said that he is preparing a proposal to President-elect Benigno Aquino III on how to further improve the country’s education system.

    He is also proposing the automatic scholarship of some 520,000 college students who came from the poorest families.

    “My idea is to have one scholar in college from every family kasi kapag may nakatapos sa mga family member tiyak na itataguyod din ang kanilang mga kapatid,” he said.

    With regards to the improvement of the quality of education, he is proposing for the continuing teachers’ education and training with scholarship.

    He likened the proposal to continuing education for lawyers and medical doctors who usually attend schooling and lectures to upgrade their skills.

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