Gov’t should invest on teachers, Senate bets urge

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Filipino teachers under training. Some 785,000 teachers and other employees of the Department of Education can again enjoy their benefits from the Government Service Insurance System as Malacañang has started settling their unpaid premiums covering three and a half years. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The government needs to invest more in teachers in order improve the quality of education, senatorial candidates Richard Gordon and Alan Cayetano said during a Senate Forum by the Philippine Daily Inquirer Wednesday.

“The secret in education is our teachers. If you do not pay the teachers well you do not get [improved quality],” Gordon said in response to a question regarding the state of education in the country.

He said that teachers in the Philippines have the lowest salary compared to other neighboring southeast Asian countries.

“They are overworked and underpaid,” Gordon said. “Its a question of commitment, if we do not pay the teachers well [the quality of education] will not imporve.”

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano who next answered the same issue, said that education should be an investment the the government should fully go into.

“Education is an investment. The number one asset the Lord has given the Filipino… is the people,” Cayetano said.

“The more you invest in people the more it will return to the community and the people,” he said.

He cited several education projects in his hometown of Taguig where the students get their uniforms, books for free as well as other incentives for them such as scholarships and grants.

“The better educated [people are] the better jobs [they] will get,” Cayetano said.

When Gordon was asked about the current issue of local governments putting up too many state universities and colleges (SUCs), he said it should be “quality not quantity.”

Gordon said he was in favor of rationalizing all the SUCs so that it could be focused to improve the quality of education in each region.

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  • dodong1

    The government needs to invest more in teachers in order improve the quality of education, senatorial candidates Richard Gordon and Alan Cayetano said during a Senate Forum by the Philippine Daily Inquirer Wednesday.

    “The secret in education is our teachers. If you do not pay the teachers well you do not get [improved quality],” Gordon said in response to a question regarding the state of education in the country.

    i wonder if they get elected will they submit a bill to increase the salaries and benefits of all our teachers..

    • BawalAngReklamador

      WALA naman kabayan silang SINABI na mag-susumite sila ng MAGANDANG “bill” para sa sweldo at benipisyo ng isang guro..

      Kanya-kanyang INGAY at PAGPAPASIKAT (lang?) ang mga yan..

      • dodong1

        please read between the lines.. kaya nga patanong ang statement ko tungkol sa bill…

      • BawalAngReklamador

        hehe.. Yung panunuya KO kabayan ay patungkol sa mga POLITIKO.. :)

      • dodong1

        he he he ganun ba sensya na kung mali ang intidi ko..peace

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * *
    Mere motherhood, fatherhood, sisterhood, brotherhood, and childhood statements even a hoodlum can say

    Not a word instead about scrapping the pork barrel, the mother of all hoghood and falsehood?

  • jinx

    Gas-gas na mga ganitong plata-porma. Ganyan lagi bukam-bibig ng mga trapo sa bansang ito sa bawat halalang dadaan. Ano pa ba gusto ng mga ito, kundi pasikat lang? And Deped ang may pinakamalaking budget sa lahat ng sangay ng gobyerno. Ano pa nga ba’t ginagawa itong pampuhunan para maka-kurakot sa bayat proyekto merong gagawin sa mga paaralan. Sa bawat gusaling itatayo, magkano kupit ng mga tongressman o ni mayor kawatan at ni prinkupal?

  • Horst Manure

    You need to train the trainer first, teach the teacher’s how education works and what subjects to teach, English and science would be a good start.

  • Christian Harvey

    I don’t think these politicians are serious. They should have done it years ago when they had the chance!They are not fools to invest in quality education and quality teachers if eventually it will be much more difficult in convincing the masses to vote them or their families!! They will not be able to hold on to power very long if they do that!!

  • disqusted0fu

    The Aquino government only invest on themselves. They do not want to invest on teachers and improve the quality of education because then they wouldn’t be able to trick the public anymore in their portrayal of a good government. The electorate would also know better than electing underachievers like Pnoy.

  • JasonBieber

    The government should invest in more than just teachers. The only problem is that the government is investing on the wrong things.

    There was just a report today that stated that the government invested in P1.8B in slot machines. That does not make sense if you want to improve the livelihood of the majority of Filipinos

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