Education

Students expect big debts but also think they’ll pay it off quickly: polls

TORONTO — Getting a post-secondary degree can be an expensive endeavour, but a recent survey suggests that most students believe they’ll be on track to pay off their student loans within five years of graduating. The poll from CIBC found that about half, or 51 per cent, of post-secondary students said they would need to …

Alumnus donates P20M to boost research, projects of UP faculty

MANILA — An increase of support in terms of research and programs being undertaken by faculty members of the University of the Philippines (UP) has been provided by one its alumni who donated PHP 20 million to boost the national university’s research field. Regent Magdaleno B. Albarracin Jr., and his family have donated the said …

‘Iskolar ng Bayan’ bill OK’d by 2 House panels

MANILA — The House committee on appropriations, alongside the committee on higher and technical education, has approved new proposed legislation awarding automatic college scholarships to the top 10 graduates of every public high school. In the proposed Iskolar ng Bayan Program, the top 10 graduates of every public high school shall be entitled to admission …

Bill to regulate tuition fees filed

MANILA — A lady lawmaker has filed a measure regulating the tuition and other school fees and imposing stiffer penalty against erring educational institutions. Rep. Susan Yap (2nd District, Tarlac) said House Bill 4675 will establish the “Tuition Fee Rationalization Council,” which shall serve as the highest policy-making body on matters pertaining to tuition fee …

President Aquino confers Order of National Scientist on four academicians

MANILA — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday conferred the Order of National Scientist on four academicians during a ceremony in Malacañang Palace. The President gave recognition to Gavino C. Trono, Ph.D. (Marine Botany), Angel C. Alcala, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences), Roman C. Barba, Ph.D. (Horticulture), and Edgardo D. Gomez, Ph.D. (Marine Biology) for their …

46 percent of Philippine Science High School graduates can enter MIT

MANILA — Forty-six percent of Philippine Science High School (PSHS) graduates will meet the criteria of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo said on Monday. During the Congress Budget Hearing at the House of Representatives, Montejo said this shows that Filipino students is quite competitive in …

DepEd reiterates support on teachers’ salary increase

MANILA — In response to the teachers’ group call for salary increase, the Department of Education (DepEd) has reiterated its support on the increase of benefits and salaries of one of the most noble professions in the country. In an interview with the Philippines News Agency, DepEd Assistant Secretary Toni Umali underscored the need for …

Suspension of K-12 program will be counter-productive — Gatchalian

MANILA — Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian on Tuesday cautioned against suspending the implementation of the K to 12 Program as this will prove to be counter-productive to the future job prospects of the current crop of elementary and high school students. Gatchalian made the statement in reaction to the move by some legislators to …

New Brunswick teacher to take helm of Canadian Teachers’ Federation

BATHURST, N.B. — An elementary school teacher and principal from northern New Brunswick is the new incoming president of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation. Heather Smith of Janeville Elementary School in Bathurst, N.B., beat out two other candidates vying for the top spot during the federation’s annual general meeting on Friday. Smith is a former president …

Kansas won’t release data from reading, math tests

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas won’t be issuing any report cards this year on how well its public school students performed on standardized reading and math tests after cyberattacks and other problems this spring, the state Board of Education decided Tuesday. The board’s decision means there won’t be a report on how students scored overall statewide …

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