Computer Education in The Philippines.
by Janet J. Palmer/ Dec. 21, 2010
The Philippine Islands are located in the Asia-Pacific Rim, known as the fastest growing region in the world. However, the nation's resources have been stretched almost beyond endurance by a recent series of physical catastrophes (volcanic eruptions, droughts, floods, typhoons and earthquakes). The Filipino economy generates a GNP per capita of $692 in U.S. currency, an inflation rate of 18%, and an unemployment rate approaching 20%. Compounding these conditions, Filipino society must contend with rampant government corruption, guerilla warfare, widespread drug use, a high crime rate and abject poverty. Understandably, computer education has taken a back seat to these tragic circumstances. Yet, some computer education does exist in schools, although not uniformly or equitably.
* Public Schools
The high cost of equipment and the lack of space limit most Filipino public schools to computer education at the awareness level. However, a few bright spots exist such as at the Philippine Science High School in Manila, rated number one in the country, and an IBM-funded Writing to Read project operating at one elementary school in Quezon City.
One education official, Dr. Pacita I. Habana, described the level of computer education in the public elementary schools by saying that there is "really nothing going on." However, she did say that, while generally there is no formal computer education program at the secondary level, a few schools have used their budgeted funds or other contributions to acquire computers.
In higher education, the government-funded University of the Philippines' computer science program flourishes, with its graduates in demand by Filipino employers.
* Private Schools
In contrast with public schools, computer education is more generally available at Filipino private schools. Elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions, plus...