Hope for better quality education
By Angelita M. Maribojoc
ARE the graduates of Philippine basic education mature enough to proceed to tertiary education or to start looking for jobs? Are they at par with their counterparts among ASEAN neighbors? These are two of the many questions about the products of the Philippine basic education.
A case study was conducted in Laguna among high school graduates being employed in some of the multinational companies in processing zones abounding in the area, it has been found out that most of the graduates are in the 16-year old bracket. These young high school graduates lacked the skills required of them as well as their maturity level.
The Philippine basic education is on a 10-year process while most of the ASEAN countries and the first world countries are implementing a 12-year program. There was a time that the Philippines participated in the international science and math competition. The outcome was a sad reflection on the quality of the basic education. The country was among those ranked at the bottom.
Luckily, the government through the Department of Education converted the 10-year basic education to a 12-year Basic Education Program that is from Kindergarten to Grade 12. With this scheme, by structure, the country’s basic education is now parallel with the basic education programs of other countries. It is with hope that real decongestion in the current heavily congested system will be addressed.
During pre World War II and even during the 1950’s, there are already grade 4 pupils who are good readers and conversant in English. They also had the strong foundation in Math. With the advent of the K to 12 Curriculum plus the real essence of decongestion of learning areas, the Philippine basic education can attain the long-sought cry for a better quality education.