Distance Education Pushed

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MANILA, Philippines - In response to the fast-changing information age, a measure seeking to develop better distance education programs has been filed at the House of Representatives.Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara filed House Bill 400 directing all education agencies to conduct an evaluation to better integrate distance education programs into the national policy and enable the Congress to enact more pro-education legislation."With the advent of the information age through the World Wide Web, distance education program can be a valuable tool in reaching out to the areas which do not have access to the school campuses," Angara said in a statement. He said the report will also identify the elements by which the quality of distance education, as compared to campus-based education can be assessed, including elements such as subject matter, interactivity, and student outputs. These elements also include access to higher education, job placement rate, undergraduate and graduate rates, and professional degree attainment rates and identification of the types of students. Selling National PenitentiaryBuilding four regional jails after selling to the private sector the 400-hectare National Penitentiary in Muntinlupa City will serve national interest, the Senate finance committee said on Tuesday.Sen. Franklin M. Drilon, committee chairman, said the regionalization of the country's penitentiary augurs well for the rehabilitation of inmates when they are closer to their families in the provinces.Sale of the Muntinlupa property would free 400 hectares of government prime property in Metro Manila which, when privatized, would trigger economic activity for the country, he said. …