Corruption or Mismanagement: Public Schools Underfunded!

Corruption or Mismanagement: Public Schools Underfunded!

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Some Public School are generally underfunded. We don’t know if it is because of corruption or simply mismanagement of funds But we have school that do not have proper ventilation and lighting system.

Most local Filipino children attend public schools, which are funded by the government and free to attend. The quality of education at public schools remains poor. Classes are big, teaching material is lacking and teachers are poorly paid.

shortage of classrooms, books, desks, chairs, and even teachers can be adequately addressed.

The education department admits it needs to build 21,000 classrooms and hire 10,000 teachers for public schools across the country to fill the current shortfall, but the problem is finding the money to fund this.

For these reasons, expats in the Philippines generally don’t send their children to public schools

According to philstar Global, the Asian Development Bank, in a report entitled “Philippines:  Critical Development Constraints” (December 2007), says that fighting corruption is one of the two top development concerns for our country.

There is no doubt that there is corruption in our educational system, perhaps not on the scale of the Malacañang scams involving ZTE, railroads, fertilizers, and swine, but enough to derail efforts to achieve “Education for All.”  I am not talking only of DepEd (which has, since the time of the crusading Raul Roco, moved down in the list of most corrupt government agencies) nor of TESDA (despite its highly publicized book publication scam) nor of CHED (where corruption is “moderate” since its budget is minuscule), but even of private schools (some known to pay for permits to open new programs).

It is about time we looked at the kind of corruption or evil, no matter how small, that stunts the development of quality education in our country.

 

 

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