Commission on Appointments approves Briones as educ chief

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 15 2017 02:57 PM | Updated as of Mar 15 2017 04:34 PM

MANILA - The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday approved the appointment of Education secretary Leonor Briones.

Briones got the approval after she was grilled on her capability to lead the vital government agency, despite her age.

"The state of my knees has no correlation with the state of my brain," Briones said during the confirmation hearing at the Senate.

Some members of the CA also asked Briones about the planned condom distribution in schools, and her appointment of an additional undersecretary.

Briones, a former national treasurer, said as DepEd secretary, she hopes to produce students who do not only love their country, but learners who also "know its history and are prepared to defend its interests."

"I would like to leave a legacy (of) learners who do not only memorize facts and multiplication tables... but are also taught in various lessons to question, to think critically, to adjust to changes," Briones said.

"We have to prepare them (students) to accept change, to live with change, and to plan and react to change in a positive manner," she added.—with reports from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News