Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Monday quizzed the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on the low number of universities and colleges in the country with centers of excellence and development, recognized flagship programs and with autonomous or deregulated status.
He also noted the limited level III and IV accredited programs in the country’s higher education institutions during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance.
Go said that only about 18 percent of universities and colleges have the above-cited programs, status and centers that reflect on the quality of higher education in the Philippines.
“Ideally, the more we have of these excellent educational institutions, the better the quality of our education,” Go told CHED chairperson J. Prospero De Vera III.
The senator emphasized that the quality of education is correlated with the level of government investment.
On the reopening of classes, Go asked CHED to talk to all stakeholders, especially the students, teachers and school administrators to ensure their safety in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
He also pushed for the adoption of digital learning for which he filed a bill along with another seeking the digitalization of government transactions.