The Department of Education (DepEd) said that around eight million students will benefit from the P6 billion financial aid from Australia.
The aid aims to upgrade the basic education in the country.
Under the six-year Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST), Australia will fund the development of new curriculum and construction of additional classrooms for the implementation of the government’s K to 12 program.
“Through BEST, there will be additional 1,000 classrooms, 40 science and computer laboratories, two Indigenous Peoples’ Learning Centers for our learners,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.
Luistro also said the grant will be used to hire 1,000 teachers.
BEST will initially cover 19,000 public schools in Metro Manila, Bicol Region, Northern Mindanao, Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas.
Luistro thanked Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who signed the agreement in behalf of the Australian government.
“I have been vocal about this; Australia is really our most valuable partner in education,” Luistro said.
Meanwhile, Bishop commended DepEd’s K to 12 program, which she said will allow Filipino students to compete internationally.
“This will allow Philippine universities to be internationally competitive in attracting students from Australia under the New Colombo Plan,” Bishop said.
“This will also give Australian students a chance to study in universities in the said region to foster relationships between Australia and their countries, which will last a life time,” she added.
(Story courtesy of the Manila Bulletin)