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Team PNoy bet pushes online learning for higher degrees

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MANILA, Philippines – Team PNoy senatorial candidate Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara wants the country’s state and private universities to offer  distance and online learning programs for older students or those who wish to achieve advanced degrees while continuing their careers.

Angara, a staunch advocate of quality education, said that programs for continuing education should not require particular academic qualifications for entry into degree granting or other academic enrichment programs.

Online learning, he said,  could be smoother and more cost-effective, and may offer technical training to advanced degrees in commerce, finance and even law.

Angara also said that e-Learning, now the modern trend for open and distance learning education worldwide,  would help students meet the challenging needs required in modern era for capacity building.

“We have to extend quality education to all Filipinos irrespective of age, sex, religion, culture and social standing. Educators and practitioners now see virtual or online learning as the most viable means for broadening educational access,” he said in a statement on Friday.

Angara believes that distance learning will improve the quality of education and give the students a greater sense of autonomy and responsibility for learning.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED)  though, he said, should make  sure that these programs would meet performance standards.

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) like seamen and retired personnel, as well as senior citizens, Angara said, could also take part in online learning  programs being offered by a few universities.

The government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Labor, can tie up with universities or employers  from other countries to implement such programs, he said.

He cited as an example the online distance learning program offered for OFWs by an employer in Kuwait in 2007.

Launched by Kuwait retailing company, MS Retail, Fahad Al-Mutawa, chairman and CEO of MS Retail, said the online distance-learning program was designed to help OFWs obtain college degrees in six years.

This program allowed Filipino employees of MS Retail in the Middle East to undertake an online distance learning program with an information and communications technology-based educational institution here, thereby giving them a certificate in the first two years, a diploma in the second two years, and a bachelor’s degree with qualifications in retailing in the last two years of the course.


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Tags: Education , IT , Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara , Online learning , technology

  • noyab

    MR ANGARA PAL….KGAYA MO LANG NA MAY DYNASTY ANG PWEDE SA PLANO MO, ANG MAHIHIRAP DI PWEDE DAHIL DI SILA ANGARA PAL NG GAYA NINYO, SANA MAPESTE NA ANG LAHI NINYO NG DI NA DUMAMI….

  • Roger dela Cruz

    coursera[dot]com
    edx[dot]org
    Udacity[dot]com
    ocw[dot]mit[dot]edu
    oyc[dot]yale[dot]edu

    Free online courses from MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Yale etc. :)

  • CmdrAdobo

    Online school plus youtube lecture is actually helpful and you can learn a lot.

    • noyab

      PAANO MAKA AFFORD NG COMPUTER AND LINE ANG MGA MAHIHIRAP….BOBO MO….

      • CmdrAdobo

        ay ikaw ang bobo. who said this is for the poor? :)

        This program is to have more option.

        I know lots of poor people spends a lot of time facbooking, WOWing and youtubing. So that’s not an excuse.

  • TylerZO

    The best part about this is that it wouldn’t actually even cost much so it would be easy to make this happen. Kudos Cong Angara! :D

  • Castronaut

    THIS IS AMAZING! Sobrang kailangan natin nito! Cause online learning has a lot to do with self-studying which is actually the most effective way of learning, Astig!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jane.tan.3367174 Jane Tan

    If he can get it to work, hats-off to Angara. Big help, especially for the working class.

  • superpilipinas

    walang kwenta!

    yan ang hirap sa mga political dynasties.

    eh kung yung traditional nga na most effective eh hindi nila ma-improve, online pa.

    lalo lang mababa ang quality.

    • CmdrAdobo

      very good point. mas maganda pa rin ang traditional. campus life is the best.



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