THE PHILIPPINES: Tertiary education reforms by 2009-10

Wide-ranging reforms could be introduced in the Philippine's tertiary education system during the 2009-10 academic year, according to the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), reports Business World Online. Commission chairman Emmanuel Y Angeles told a press conference last week that a strategic plan will be submitted to the president next month aimed at upgrading tertiary education so that it is on par with neighbouring countries.

"We are planning to consult with our stakeholders and get their reactions about our concerns and proposals, which are all geared towards promoting quality education. We are starting the national consultation this month, and hopefully by December we could already submit the final reports and recommendations to the President for approval," Angeles told reporters in Quezon City.

He said there were four major concerns: faculty development, facilities development, scholarship for poor and deserving students, and strengthening the research capability of higher educational institutions.
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