GRADUATION FEVER.  In Compostela Valley, where the gold mountain Diwalwal is situated, graduation is capped by awarding ceremonies for its honor students with real gold medals.  Over in Batangas State College on the other hand, in a similar fashion as what happened in UP some time ago, two students failing (not to get enrolled) in a subject compelled them to take their own lives.


On the educational system front, businessman Guillermo M. Luz, representing the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) expressed apprehension when he said that “The Philippines ranks a poor seventh among the nine Southeast Asian nations in the area of education and innovation.”  And to think that once upon a time (a few years ago), the Philippines was education Mecca for India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Korea.  Scientists, political and military leaders from Southeast Asia even bragged that they got their spurs and diploma from universities and colleges in the Philippines sometime ago.


Furthermore, the NCC revealed that “In the area of primary education, the Philippines ranked 99th out of 138 economies.  The Philippines ranked 69th in educational system, 112th in science and math and 76th on internet access.”  We have terribly lagged behind.  There is however no argument if someone would volunteer that the Philippines is number one when it comes to election promises!


There are around 1,700 universities and colleges in the Philippines.  But there is brain drain as far as teachers and competent faculty members for these institutions.  Most of them left for greener pastures pursuing career as hands that rocks the cradle, as babysitters, tutors, clerical assistants, domestic helpers and blue collar workers abroad.  Those left behind our institution for learning have to fend for themselves, swallow their pride in pitiful situation, get into several sidelines, promote rackets and schemes and then proceed to their respective classroom to sell something aside from ideas.  Mediocrity therefore is obtained.


And what about the much ballyhooed K+12 education program of government?  A teacher’s group recently claimed that the Philippine education system is still not ready for the implementation of the K+12 program which seeks to add 2 more years to the basic 10 year education cycle of students.  The 2.5% increase in public school enrollees necessitates the hiring of at least 30,000 teachers to handle an estimated 1.93 million kindergarten pupils for this year alone.  The group laments that while DepEd is determined to implement K+12 starting with universal kindergarten, it is not the fortitude of the agency that matters but the whole system is actually not ready for this development.  To start with, who will accept a P3, 000 monthly basic pay as contractual kindergarten teacher.  The lowly kasambahay earns relatively bigger than this.


At the rate we are pursuing things, as government has not possibly appreciated some factors, our country, especially the growing student population, will have to resign if not consign themselves to second rate if not a pedestrian kind of learning.  One day, we might wake up to find that our leaders are not only incapable of handling basic problems, worst, they may even constitute as the biggest problem in governance.






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