Thursday, 5 July 2007

Outgoing World Bank chief for RP lauds progress in education

By Alexander Villafania
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MANILA, Philippines -- The World Bank will continue to support the education programs of the Philippines, a World Bank representative has said.

Joachim von Amsberg, outgoing country director of the WB-Philippines, gave this assurance in a meeting with Education Secretary Jesli Lapus before taking up office in Indonesia as WB’s country director.

Von Amsberg lauded the education department for the reforms it had undertaken, particularly on the changes in the procurement of textbooks, as well as the lowering of prices for each book from P100 to P40.

Von Amsberg also congratulated the education department for ensuring that the textbooks, despite lower prices, have remained durable.


WB is currently assisting the DepEd with a loan of $200 million for the implementation of its Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda, which is part of the department’s National Program Support for Basic Education Project.

The project is designed to improve quality and equity in learning outcomes in basic education through its emphasis on improved education governance.

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