“We say, for as long as the government only provides for half of the needs of education, the learning crisis cannot be averted,” asserted ACT chairperson Vladimer Quetua in a statement.
According to him, the total budget for the education sector this year was only 3.6% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) when the United Nations had said a country’s funding for education should be 6 percent of the national GDP.
“How will our situation change when the government only provided for the construction of 6,000 classrooms this year while more than 100,000 or one-third of our existing classrooms are no longer fit for use, based on Sec. Duterte’s Basic Education Report?” Quetua further asked.
“With the continuing underspending of the government in education, we cannot foresee a major change in our situation, much less a significant rebound for education,” he added.