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Omnibus School Bills Sponsorship Speech by Senator Edgardo J. Angara - June 6, 2012

Omnibus School Bills Sponsorship Speech by Senator Edgardo J. Angara - June 6, 2012

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Omnibus Sponsorship
6 June 2012
Senator Edgardo J. Angara
Chair 
Committee on Education, Culture and the ArtsAnother school year began this week, but one unlike manywe have had in decades. We have started the transition toward amore responsive and sensible basic education curriculum byimplementing the first seven-year plan, including the mandatorykindergarten, of the K to 12 program.In this regard, it is highly timely that your Committee onEducation, Arts and Culture recommends the speedy passage of134 school bills, as well as one measure on culture.More than half of our population consist of young people 25years and younger—35 percent are even not older than 14 years.
 
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This means that many of our youth are still in school—ripe forlearning and training.This also means that the investments in education we maketoday will, to a large extent, define the future of this youngpeople—and, consequently, of our country.The school bills your committee is putting before the bodytoday involve the creation of new schools, renaming of existingones, or their conversion into independent units.We believe these measures will be instrumental inimproving the quality of education and widen access to learningfacilities.As the number of school-age children continues to increase,so must our schools’ capacity to accommodate them. This
 
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necessitates the transformation of certain annexes of secondaryschools into autonomous units with full financial andadministrative mandates.Your committee, as well as the House Committee on BasicEducation, believes these units have demonstrated the capabilityto stand on their own. By making them independent, they will beable to better serve their immediate communities. They will bemore attuned to the needs of their constituents, particularly inputting out-of-school youth back into school.Some of these schools respond to the special requirements oftheir communities as they specialize in trade, technical-vocationalor agricultural studies.

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