By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian has refiled a bill seeking to establish math and science high school in all provinces nationwide.
“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, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, said.
Under Senate Bill No. 476 or the Equitable Access to Math and Science Education Act, all provinces which do not have at least one public math and science high school shall work with the Department of Education (DepEd) to put up these institutions.
Under the direction of the DepEd and the Department of Scientific and Technology, these schools must adopt a six-year integrated junior-senior high school curriculum with a focus on advanced science, mathematics, and technology topics (DOST).
Graduates of these math and science high schools must enroll in an area that the Commission on Higher Education (CHER) deems appropriate, such as the pure and applied sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology, or any other field.
It can be recalled that the results of the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) showed that our learners ranked second to the last in Mathematics and Science among other learners in 79 countries.
“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,” Gatchalian said. (ai/mtvn)