August 9, 2009
Binky-Reaction to the State of Philippine Education
Personally, I do not believe that adding extra years to education will solve the problem of literacy and whatnot in our country. I really think it is an impractical measure because first and foremost, there is so much to be done in terms of the quality of education in our country, let alone in the public education system. I think that adding more school years will even increase the risk of drop outs rather than decrease it, and given that there are so many flaws in our educational system, adding more years only means prolonging and creating more loopholes in the current system, which in itself is not the most efficient.
I think that using the mother tongue as a medium of instruction is a good idea, but my only question is, do we have the resources to provide effective instruction in this form? Whether or not delivery of instruction is based on the mother tongue, if there are no proper instructional materials, and if teachers are not given proper training, I think the rationale behind this change in instruction will be wasted. I also wish that the move was supported earlier because the formal education system in the Philippines has existed for so long that this change, even if it is beneficial to the students, is quite drastic.
Lastly, I believe that another concern would be the support of the government. Like we talked about in class, the reason why reforms do not sometimes work is because there is no sustainability in the policies. If policy-makers and law-implementers put aside their selfish ambitions, and worked on improving already existing policies rather than made new ones for their own recognition, then I think we’d have a more effective system, and every generation that comes will benefit from the progress and improvement of such policies.
Jacinto, Bernadine Ruth DM