August 9, 2009

Binky-Reaction to the State of Philippine Education

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:11 am by updced

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.

If only.

Jacinto, Bernadine Ruth DM




  1. updced said,

    Obviously the idea of the first point is to milk more money off paying students. Personally, I think it’s a sign that students have gotten more lazy. Either that, or they spend so much time protesting increasing tuition fees, they’ve never in class any more.

    I’ve personally never seen the point of the mother tongue legislation. After all, there comes a point when the teacher gives up trying to get the point across and English or Tagalog and just thinks ‘To hell with it’.

    Personally, I still think it would cost less and take less time to just declare war on the United States, lose, and wait for them to redo our educational system than it would take for us to do it on our own.

    Kurt Bada

  2. updced said,

    May tinatawag tayong “diminishing marginal returns”, na sa tingin ko ay maa-apply din natin sa education. Let’s take for example yung classroom discussion; usually in our major subject, we have 2, 3 or even 5 hours alloted to it. In my own experience, habang tumatagal yung oras, there is a tendency na wala nang pumapasok na ideas or thoughts sa isip ko just because my mind, as well as the condtion of my body, has reached its limit. In a broader sense, an additional year does not really guarantee quality education becuase of opportunity cost behind this.

    Ana Eslava

  3. updced said,

    How can we have QUALITY EDUCATION? Even schools, the main structure of schooling and education, itself have worsening conditions. Crowded classrooms can be seen mostly in public schools, where there are at least 85 students per room. Secondly, teachers are overworked. There are teachers who teach all the subjects from morning to afternoon, though they do not have expertise on some of those subjects. Also sometimes, the registrar of the schools or even the principal also teaches if there is a shortage of teachers. There is also lack of textbooks, one book to four students in major subjects and one textbook to six students in minor subjects. An additional condition is the poor facilities like electricity, water, and toilet, these also affect the health of the students.

    Ana Eslava

    • updced said,

      The government is obviously running out of ideas on how to impove the quality of education. Their idea of adding more years is basically following what other countries have already done. Our government didn’t realize that poverty is one of the major problem we have. They didin’t consider the burden the people will have if they continue on pursuing this plan. This would lead to more out of school youth and drop out students.

      Karisse Legaspi

  4. updced said,

    i agree that adding more year’s would be just a waste of time, effort and money. our educational system has survived several years with out this kind of change,what would it benefit us today? what has changed? other than the fact that our country is poore’r than before. and with implementing this it wouldnt help the situtaion it would just make it worst. so whats the point?!.

    Joy Ann K. Kiocho

  5. milet2003 said,

    “Quality is doing it right the first time”. So if students do not receive quality education with the present number years they have to spend in school, what is the point of adding more? It is not a question of quantity but quality.

    Carmela Gomez

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