Public, private sectors pivotal in education improvement

The role of the public and private sectors in addressing major issues in the country’s education and learning crisis is pivotal to the improvement of the youth’s education, according to business and private education sectors.

At the sidelines of policy forum at The Fifth at Rockwell, Makati City on Wednesday, PHINMAN Education-Philippine country chief Christopher Tan stressed the importance of complementarity between the private and public sectors in addressing learning poverty and to ensure accessible and quality education in the country.

“When you are in state of learning crisis all hands on deck is really the only way for us to be able to address this. So, we all need to mobilize all resources, both public and private, in order to address these issues,” Tan said.

He added that education agencies as well as the private sector should look at the root-causes of education poverty in the country to be able to address these issues — from malnutrition and stunting, jobs and education mismatch and the underinvestment per capita spending in education.

“What you have to remember is we’re not operating in a vacuum. Unfortunately, in the past few years, we have policy environment where regulators actually have introduced against the role of private business in providing public goods. And unfortunately, it’s a false dilemma and dichotomy, and it only distracts us from what we need to do urgently,” Tan said.

“So, we need to dispel all of these false ideas and start working to address these issues of poor teacher training, stunting, and jobs mismatch,” he added.

For her part, Private Education Assistance Committee executive director Doris Ferrer said that government support for private education is not sufficient.

“There is a state support for private schools for Gades 7 to 12. However, we realized that is not enough,” Ferrer said.

To date, about a million grantees for both the Education Service Contracting Program and the Senior High School Voucher Program.

“We’ve done a study and we have seen that on average ESC participating schools in NCR are probably P35,000 a year for tuition and other fees. If government will give you P13,000 that will mean the parents will have to pay for P22,000. Now, if you look at the amount of ESC for example in areas outside NCR at P9,000 and the tuition and other fees is about P12,000 that’s P3,000 difference right?” Ferrer said.


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