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Overcrowded Philippine Classrooms!

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The Times on Philippine classroom overcrowding

The article begins by relating the story of an unfortunate teacher who must shout herself hoarse to be heard by her 100-student class.

Then we are told that an “exploding population” has combined with “an education budget so small that it cannot find space to teach its children” to create these conditions.

The rest of the piece goes on to detail the sordid conditions of Philippine education – the over crowded classrooms, the dearth of teachers, the students sharing seats. We are told that the Philippines spends only 2.18% of its budget on education, and that despite promises of change from President Ayorro, the situation has not improved.

Once again, The New York Times fails to include the most basic facts about this situation: that the Philippine education budget is largely sacrificed to the military, and that the US provides massive military aid with an almost negligible educational counterpart.

I mentioned this before, but it bears repeating that the US is the largest benefactor of the Philippines’ military, and they receive the 12th largest military gift of any US-sponsored dictatorship. (Source: The Philippines Embassy, May 13, 2009) The aid has recently increased to $680 million, much of it for the military, and represents “the appreciation and value the Obama Administration gives to the US-Philippines partnership”

Could some of that that money be spent on improving the Philippines’ educational system? Easily, of course – but then that wouldn’t be in our “national interest”.

Ask the New York Times why.

Written by pavanvan

August 25, 2009 at 2:23 pm

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  1. What a shame. Without education we cannot achieve anything. I wonder if the general population in the Philippines are aware of these statistics.


    August 25, 2009 at 3:32 pm

  2. I am afraid it is very likely they are not. After all, very few Americans know where their tax dollars go. There are powerful forces attempting to keep these facts from the public light.


    August 25, 2009 at 5:49 pm

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