March 27, 2010
Is there Hope?
In our ever shrinking world due to globalization, international competitiveness has such become an issue that corners every living citizen in our planet. The need to invest in a strong education has become an ever more relevant factor to leverage a person’s fighting chance against society’s harsh realities. The Philippines, much more like any developing country in the world, is in dire need of education reforms. More than any words can express, the education sector is inundated by numerous setbacks that it would take eternity to enumerate each one. But what is more remarkable is the cyclical conundrum that our education system has been involved into. More than restructuring, what the system needs is a major overhaul.
It is safe to say, the Philippines being part of any global concords, has been making fair efforts to solve these persistent problems. Among the few of this includes the numerous points stated under the Millennium Development Goal on education and BESRA to name a few. We can say that the Philippine government has a roadmap on where it wants to lead the education sector. But what is lacking is the integral form of change that can reassure that these plans are being implemented. As stated in the 5th key reform thrust of BESRA, DepEd is the key player for implementation of policies. What we need is a catalyst, in some form of person, organization or even an event that can dramatically change the landscape of Philippine education. Those who are in the position must be willing to take risks for making the system efficient. The Philippines is not alone in this fight, there are several organizations and global donors who are willing to give aid in reengineering the sector. Providing more scholarship grants to poor families or even the government increasing the allotted budget from 12% to more than 20%, perhaps are plausible options that can help bring reforms to the education system. Competency is a very delicate matter that one may lose everything if not given the right chances. Realigning the system to meet with global standards would mean a better future for young Filipinos. Let us not destroy the dreams of our youth by providing sub-standard education. Let us give them a fighting chance to have a better life by giving them better than education that will serve them as a tool in building a better life.
Philippines has yet more to improve. Looking back on the history of Philippine Education, we have been free from our colonizers but it appears our foundation is weak. Who do we blame? We cannot pinpoint who are responsible for having such system. All we can do as future teachers is to perform our jobs well in educating minds to produce critical thinkers and put our hopes that change will do happen.
—-Ma. Blesmin “Aymin” Landrito