The Philippines Face Classroom Shortage – NYTimes.com

According to the World Bank, the Philippines spends $138 per student per year. By comparison, Thailand spends $853 per student, Singapore spends $1,800 and Japan spends $5,000.

via The Philippines Face Classroom Shortage – NYTimes.com.

I thought the Thai education system has many problems but this is so sad for the Philippines and their people.

I realise the difficulty of making comparisons between countries – for example exchange rates, cost of living and if they are including the same costs but the ratio is stark.

A good teacher can do so much with few resources whereas a bad teacher can convey little given lots, but there are limits when it comes to the overcrowding and hygiene.

The Philippines has an advantage that English is the medium of instruction. What happened to the Peace Corps? I suggest the Philippines work with America to send thousands of enthusiastic teachers to the Philippines to clean up and staff their system. The publicity alone would open up a lot of funds that have been lost to “leakage”.

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