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Solon believes that every province needs high schools for math and science.

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According to a report from the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, the Philippines has one of the lowest numbers of researchers among the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian stated on Thursday that it is urgently necessary to establish math and science high schools in every province (ASEAN).

“Achieving high-income status requires a thriving research and development sector. Since the country’s economy depends on a workforce with strong math and science skills, this specialized academic preparation opens doors to critical thinking, financial literacy, and evidence-based decision-making. According to Gatchalian, the Philippines has only 186 researchers for every million people.

The Senate Committee on Basic Education’s head also cited a 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report that revealed the Philippines had the second-worst performance in science and mathematics out of 79 participating nations.

The Philippines likewise performed poorly in mathematics and science among 58 nations in the 2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

According to Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) 2019, only 17% of Grade 5 students met the minimal math requirements for the completion of primary school.

Gatchalian has introduced Senate Bill 476, also known as the Equitable Access to Math and Science Education Act, to address these problems. This legislation aims to give all Filipinos equitable access to high-quality education in the pure and applied sciences, mathematics, and technology in order to foster the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and other professionals who will propel the country’s progress in the fields of science, technology, and industry.

“Ating pundasyon upang isulong ang inobasyon sa ating bansa ang math at science. Math and science are the cornerstones for fostering innovation in our nation, and if we can get all of our students to graduate from high school with a strong foundation in both subjects, then we can move on with our nation’s progress. We can guarantee that every region of the nation will have qualified Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) experts who can contribute to our development if we can create public math and science high schools in every province, according to Gatchalian.

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