High school students in the Philippines may soon learn how to invest in the stock market to widen the country's investor base.
A joint initiative by the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) and the Department of Education (DepEd), the new lesson for the young students will be included in the Economics curriculum beginning next school year.
The PSE and the DepEd has completed a series of countrywide validation activities that will bring them closer to integrating stockmarket subject in high school.
The validation activities covered 700 students and 40 faculty members from six private and national public high schools.
Pilot testing for the new stock market subjects bagan in November 2009 in Rizal High School in Pasig City. In 2010, high schools in Cebu and Davao cities were included in the second wave of validation studies. In 2011, high schools in Metro Manila and a key city in Southern Luzon will be included.
PSE president and chief executive officer Val Antonio Suarez said, "These activities form part of the PSE-DepEd module development project that will integrate stock-market topics in the high school Economics curriculum, which will be ready for implementation come school year 2011-2012."
It was also reported that teachers will be trained in stocks and how to teach the subject matter through workshops .
Currently, less than 1 percent (400,000) of Filipinos invest in stocks.
Author's note: Lucky kids. They should have taught that subject during my time. Now, I am seriously considering the stock market. I joined an online stock trading game two years ago, and totally forgot it until now. Upon checking my two accounts, the capital investment grew by 60 percent and 90 percent, respectively. Now, where shall I go from here?
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