Gatchalian wants to establish math and science high school in all provinces
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian filed a measure that seeks to establish a math and science high school in all provinces in the country.
“Sa Mathematics at Science nakasalalay ang pagsulong ng inobasyon sa ating bansa. Upang mahasa ang kaalaman ng mas marami nating mga kabataan pagdating sa agham at mathematics, isusulong natin na ang bawat probinsya sa Pilipinas ay magkaroon ng Math and Science High School na pagmumulan ng ating mga mathematician, engineer, at scientist,” Gatchalian said.
“This specialized academic preparation opens doors to critical thinking, financial literacy, and evidence-based decision-making and is highly critical to the improvement of the nation’s economy as it relies on a workforce proficient in math and science,” he added.
Under Senate Bill N476 or the Equitable Access to Math and Science Education Act, all provinces which do not have public math and science high school shall work with the Department of Education to create one.
These schools shall also implement a six-year integrated junior-senior high school curriculum that focuses on advanced science, mathematics and technology subjects under the guidance of the DepEd and the Department of Science and Technology.
Those who graduated from these schools shall need to enroll in fields such as pure and applied sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology or any other field deemed appropriate by the Commission on Higher Education..
Gatchalian stressed that based on UNESCO Institute of Statistics data, there are only 186 researchers per million inhabitants in the Philippines, one of the lowest among Asean countries.