Magsaysay urges DepEd to put more emphasis on STEM

April 15, 2013 10:34 pm 

MANILA, April 15 – Team PNoy senatorial candidate Ramon Magsaysay Jr. on Monday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) and the education sector in general to put more emphasis in teaching Science, Technology, English and Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Magsaysay issued the call in line with his commitment to provide more scholarships to deserving students if he makes it to the Senate in this May's senatorial midterm elections.

"I think what is important is that we give more scholarships not just to anybody but to deserving students. And we have to concentrate our scholarship program on STEM subjects," Magsaysay said.

Magsaysay, former chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, expressed concerns that Filipino students nowadays are not too keen on taking classes on the STEM subjects.

"STEM subjects are the backbones of well developed societies that even in Europe, Japan, America and China are concentrating on these," Magsaysay said.

"The Filipinos are generally avoiding STEM subjects because they say it's difficult. That it's hard to understand. We need more students on STEM. I think only one third of our grade school and high school students are geared towards Science and Math. The education sector must do something to make these subjects more appealing and interesting to students," he added.

Magsaysay, in his last year at the Senate in 2007, was among those who spearheaded the creation of the Committee on Science and Technology in the Senate, which has served as a gateway to the establishment of more science high schools in the Philippines.

Magsaysay likewise urged students and Filipinos in general to read more on the STEM subjects.

“Any kind of reading will help,” he said. (PNA)

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