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Wednesday, January 20, 2010


E-BOOKS FOR PINOY STUDES: Senator and Bagumbayan presidential bet Richard J. Gordon wants the government to distribute Kindle, an electronic device that can store up to 9,000 books, to all students in the country in lieu of textbooks. Gordon was talking about his advocacy of improving the country’s education system by making education the No. 1priority at the presidential forum held at the Lyceum of the Philippines in Intramuros, Manila.

Senator and Bagumbayan presidential bet Richard J. Gordon today said he wants the government to distribute a Kindle to all students across the country instead of spending so much on textbooks, most of which are erroneous.

Gordon made the statement at the Lyceum of the Philippines presidential forum in reaction to the latest United Nations (UN) Report that in the absence of decisive political leadership, the Philippines is in danger of missing the goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015.

"We spent so much money on books, right? Mali-mali pa. Here's a little computer called Kindle. You can put the entire curriculum, from Grade 1 to high school to college here. Every kid should have kindle. He who reads, leads," he said. . "Before China does it and before India does it, the Philippines should be the first ones to use electronic books in school," he added, explaining that Kindle is an electronic device that can store up to 9,000 books and costs $250 each.

This proposal, according to the senator, is part of his programs for improving the country's education system, which, the UN Report said, is trailing behind the African nations of Tanzania and Zambia.

"The UN said education poverty rates among the poor are four times the national average. Our Constitution mandates that education must be given priority. But in the budget, No. 1 is debt servicing, No. 2 is the IRA (Internal Revenue Allotment) for local governments, while education is only at No. 3. We should be spending 6% of GDP or P444 billion on our education," Gordon said.

The Bagumbayan Party standard-bearer also said that aside from raising the salaries of teachers to at least P40,000, there should also be upgrading of teaching competence through continuous training to be able to address the low proficiency level of students especially on Math, Science and English.

"Every teacher should get P40,000. That's my ideal. Not P12,000, but P40,000. Japan pays P77,000. In Singapore, they pay P122,000 a month. We must also understand that better teachers would pave the way for better and well-informed students. Continuing educational program for teachers is a must for our society today," he stressed.

Gordon has long been advocating for the upgrading of standards of the country's education system. He has a bill pending in Congress, called the Health and Education Acceleration Program (HEAP), which aims to spearhead the rehabilitation and improvement of the education and health systems.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the solution to improved education is, "make it a law requiring all public officials, elected or appointed, including government employees, to send their children, up the 4th generation, to government, public schools." in this way, they will know what is happening in public schools, and can help in the improvement. in private schools, the parents are involved in their children's education. why not in public schools. aferall, those in government must believe and patronize its institutions, like the public schools.

7:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is happening, is, government people are known for corruption, and send their children to private schools, some even abroad, and forgetting about the public schools which they are supposed to support and develop.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Danny, theoretically, that's a sound advice. However, if the children of gov't officials are sent to gov't schools, public school teachers tend to accord these kids with special privileges and favoritism. Most honors will be given to those privileged kids, thus, the deserving ordinary kids will be deprived the merits they are entitled to.

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Blogger ChErUbYn said...

I'm curious Senator Gordon. What do you read on your Kindle. I have one too and I want to know what you are reading... Thanks.

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Anonymous Jeanny Pons said...

Nothing really much to say except that I sincerely hope, Senator Gordon, once elected, you will follow through on everything you said. because so far, you're the only one who has a good platform.

Please include the whole nation in all your decisions when you're already occupying the highest office in the land.

At this time, the country needs a savior. A real one.

12:31 AM

Anonymous Danny Rodriguez said...

ebooks are good except that ordinary pupils cannot afford to buy one. pls make a program to make ebooks affordable, maybe via installment plans, or total grant. sometimes technology can make one cry when he cannot afford it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is an exelent excuse. aren't teachers supposed to treat all pupils fairly? and that does not happen, the parents can complain. it also abut time that teachers learn.

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