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Over thousand secondary schools will get a facelift through a US$ 35 mn Asian Development Bank loan, the Manila based bank said Monday. Over thousand secondary schools will get a facelift through a US$ 35 mn Asian Development Bank loan, the Manila based bank said Monday. The project upgrades 1,100 1AB and 1C schools, make them more responsive to labour market requirements and increase equity of access to quality education and promoting education for social cohesion.

Despite positive achievements in basic education, low investment in education results in disparities in educational quality. The pass rates in at GCE (OL) and (AL) examinations have been low. Only 40 percent of ordinary level students qualify for advanced levels, 50 percent fail in Mathematics and 70 percent fail in English subject. Regional disparities in the pass rates are also evident.

About 140, 000 school leavers enter the labour market every year and a large number are unemployed, indicating the need to improve the role of secondary schools in preparing students for work.

Infact, 18 percent of those with GCE advanced level qualifications are unemployed be