Saturday, October 9, 2010

Why Philippine Education Fails

If I remember it well, the new DEPED secretary announced right after his appointment that additional 2 years shall be imposed on basic education summing it up as follows:

  • Kindergarten - 1 to 2 years
  • Elementary Education - 6 years
  • Junior High School - 4 years
  • Senior High School - 2 years
While the intentions of pursuing quality graduates are noble, the criterion of simply relying on the numbers is simply all wrong. Quality education is not just achieved by greater or longer number but must be complemented with quality instructions, competent and good teacher - student ratio, facilities like classroom and laboratories, resources like books and multimedia tools, and assistance to the poorest and underprivileged. All these affect the quality of Philippine education and the extension will superficially contribute something.

Pity though that while basic education is almost free, 3-4 out of 10 students drop out because of financial constraints forcing the young ones to do hard labor or delinquent activities. Adding the numbers only worsens the condition. Thus, before this 2 - year increment be enforced, I highly believe that the government must holistically look at the reasons why education fails.