PHILIPPINES: Teachers warn of threats to quality

A teacher group in the Philippines warned last weekend of further deterioration in the quality of higher education and more drop-outs next year, as funding for 50 state universities and colleges will be cut by more than P500 million (US$11.75 million), reports the Sun Star.

France Castro, Secretary General of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, said the P569.8 million that will be taken from institutions is on top of the P1 billion cut sustained by state-run institutions for their operations this academic year. She said 45 other institutions would take cuts in their allocations for maintenance and other operating expenses amounting to P250.9 million, while 58 state universities and colleges would have their budget for personnel services cut by as much as P403.3 million based on the proposed 2012 budget submitted by the Department of Budget and Management to Congress.

"We are deeply alarmed by this development considering that the state universities and colleges budget this year was also affected. This would only result in more miseries in higher education - more drop-outs, deterioration in facilities and equipment and [fewer] benefits for teacher," Castro said.
Full report on the Sun Star site