KORONADAL CITY ? The Philippine educational system has failed to improve compared to those of other Asian countries, a ranking official of a US fund agency said.
Tom Crehan, education office chief of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), said this has saddened him because 40 years ago, the country?s educational system was one of the best in the region.
?You know, there is no doubt that the education system in the Philippines, at one point, 40 years ago, was one of the best systems in the region. But nowadays, not anymore,? Crehan said during the distribution of P68 million worth of books at the Notre Dame of Marbel University here on Tuesday.
The Philippines was one of the top destinations for Asian students in the past. It was here where Thais, for example, learned about rice production technologies.
But while Thailand became a major rice exporter, the Philippines continued to buy the staple from other countries.
Early this year, President Macapagal-Arroyo admitted that the state of education continues to worsen.
Her admission came in the wake of a report from the Department of Education (DepEd), which said that only 60 percent of elementary school teachers tested for English proficiency for the school year 2006-2007 passed.
In the case of secondary education teachers, it was worse with only 20 percent of them passing.
Crehan refused to speculate on why the Philippine educational system failed to improve.
?I don?t want to speculate on specific reasons but if we all work together, hopefully we can cope up,? he said.
Crehan said they acknowledge that people working for the improvement of the country?s educational system ?have lots of strong programs and ideas.?
In Davao City, Dr. Alicia Sayson, vice president for academic affairs of the University of the Immaculate Conception, said one of the reasons why the country?s educational system continues to worsen is the DepEd?s penchant to spend on useless projects.
"Once the project is consumed the project dies down,? she said.