PH losing the best and brightest students – DepEd chief


Education Secretary Armin Luistro. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Wednesday lamented how some of the “best and brightest” Filipinos who are given opportunities to study abroad never came back to the country.

He said that compared to the earliest Filipino scholars who received education in Europe but came back and became heroes, many of the recent Filipino students educated abroad “never came back.”

“We lost our best and brightest students,” he said during his speech at the opening of the European Higher Education Fair at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City.

“We need to transform this vicious cycle of our best and brightest going abroad and never coming back,” he said.

But Luistro pointed out that he was still hopeful that Filipinos given the chance to study under the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus scholarship and mobility programme will come back to share what they have learned abroad.

“I think we are more than ready to engage again in a new mode that will allow us to become real partners with the European Union in terms of competitiveness,” he said, boasting of the Philippines’ taking “great strides in showing we can be at par with the world in terms of education standards.”

And with the recent implementation of the K-12 program, Luistro said that “at this stage, the country is rethinking what we mean by excellent education.”

European Union Ambassador Guy Ledoux said that the fair was significant because it was being done in celebration of the 25 years of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship and mobility programme and marks “a milestone with furthering our relationship with the Philippines in terms of higher education.”

Chairperson for Higher Education Patricia Licuanan told reporters that exposure to education systems abroad will benefit Filipino students as it is a venue for them to “expand their horizons.”

But Luistro stressed that it was important for Filipino students given opportunities to be educated in European universities to come back and bring their foreign friends over to the Philippines to experience its education system.

“We have something to share, too,” he said.

The European Higher Education Fair: Brighter Prospects is open to the public from 2 to 8 p.m.

Participating during the symposium are 22 European Higher Education Institutions from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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  • Ben

    If they are funded by goverment money, they should at least serve the home land Philippines for a year to transfer their skills to the locals most especially in the area of research and development of great importance for the Philippines…..or, the Philippines can forge a mutual understanding and ask the EU to have a reciprocity of foreign teachers to serve and teach here and our local teachers abroad for a given time so only skilled teachers will be moving around and students do not have to travel abroad…as the US did in the 1800`s importing US teachers to teach the Philippine locals.

    The government should also manage educational equipments to be imported as recommended by foreign teachers which is needed to improve the quality of teachings, research and development in the universities…

  • windar_einstein

    well…according to Mr. Aquino during his speech in Laos “naeengganyo na pong bumalik sa pilipinas ang mga OFW dahil sa ganda ng buhay sa Pilipinas”. He really is a big joke.

  • Guest

    That is not news. It will take another at least 60 quarters of strong economic growth (above 7%) until a difference is really felt.

    There are signs of hope. More manufacturers consider to move from China to the Philippines due to the latter’s English skills, cheaper labor and well trained skills.

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    P200,000 monthly income abroad versus P20,000 monthly income sa pinas… eh magtaka ka pa ba kung bakit nawawala ang mga magagaling sa Pinas. Kaya ayun, puro bulok at latak ang nasa gobyerno tuloy.

  • Manuel Bulatao

    This is a recycled opinion and a reality…You get what you pay for.

    90% of the jobs does not need a college degree. worldwide this is a fact. proof of this is the manpower of  an aircraft carrier, the world most complex 
    organization runs with undergraduates.

    we should have a revised educational system wherein only the brightest 10%
    are allowed to graduate and be paid high by the corporate community.

    when you have an army of over educated graduates that cannot be absorbed
    by the economy, what do you expect?

  • Klepto

    Walang mapapala at walang kinabukasan ang mga kabataan kung mananatili sa walang kwentang Pilipinas. Kaya makikita natin kahit saan ka na DFA office nakapila ang libong mag aapply ng passport para makalabas ng bansa. Ang pinaka magaling, pinaka matalino at mahusay na mga Pilipino ay lumisan na para doon na mamuhay sa ibang bansa. Mga chimpanzee at baboons na lang ang natitira sa Pilipinas kong mahal, duyan ng mga magnanakaw, sa pera ng bayan ikaw ay gahaman.

  • Klepto

    Mr Secretary tsupain mo muna ang utèn ko saka ako babalik diyan. Pero pagbalik ko, kakantot lang ako saka aalis na rin. Ganyan ka baba ang pagtingin ko sa kagayang mong tao Mr secretary. Bobo ka at tanga. Ang bagay sa iyo ay tsupa lang ng burat.

  • tukmoldinako

    marami ding masasayang na mga bata dahil hindi na makakatungtong ng college dahil mahihirap  gawa ng karagdagang K12 na kagagawan ni Luistro, dahil ang gusto nya para mas magaling daw ang mga produkto natin kapag sila ay nagtratrabaho sa abroad, ayan di lumabas na ang totoo, yung abroad ang gusto mong puntahan ng mga graduate natin, para sila umunlad at di ang bansa natin,

    K12 para lang sa mayayaman yan , di na kakayanin ng mga magulang ang karagdagang dalawang taon pa kaya mga anak pinababayaan narin , bahala na kung ano ang marating, ayun lagalag sa mall, puro prosti ang bagsak, dispatsadora, driver , waiter, kundi pa magasawa ng maaga at gumawa na lang ng bata. ayan ang panukala mo Luistro matuwa ka dyan, matagal na namin itong kino kontra pero walang nakikinig, pwede lang pakinggan yung mga congresistang me pera, pwe buwisit

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