Sunday, June 3, 2012

Redefining quality education: Should the K12 program of the DepEd be the best solution?

With the DepEd (Department of Education) aiming to promote the quality of education in the Philippines has introduced the K12 program taking effect today which is also the opening of the class for this school year. The K12 model involves Kindergarten, six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school (Grades 7 to 10) and two years of senior high school (Grades 11 to 12). In my humble opinion, it is a wise move by the DepEd ONLY IF they were able to look into and addressed well first the very core of the problems leading to poor quality of education in the Philippines. How could one expect quality education to result from overcrowded classrooms (add to it the burden involving poor school facilities) and the shortage of competent teachers? It could mean additional expenses, too, for the parents who are sending kids to school that the extended schooling may have cost and brought.

At this point of time, quality education can not be measured in the number of years one has to spend in school but in the effectiveness of such a teacher-student transformation taking place. Quality education must be free and available to everyone. With excellent school facilities, competent teachers, and all other problems given solutions, I think ten years are enough. Why prolong when the basic needs for school are still to be addressed? Redefining quality of education in the Philippines only takes a common sense. The solution, very simple (much more like of a common sense thing than coming up with a seeming bright idea that will only complicate the situation): equip the school with better facilities, free tuition, eradicate corruption from among the department's high-ranking officials to the lowest, and train teachers to become most competent and increase their salaries. It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education, to quote from Robert Green Ingersoll, than to have education without common sense.

4 comments:

  1. In Asia, Philippines is the only country that don't have this kind of program, so I think our Government must enforce this to make our students more competitive to the other. We can get also lot of benefits on this program.

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    1. A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. But we need the full support of the government to address first the basic needs for schooling before anything else. If I were to suggest, why not create a schooling program by which to focus more on the quality of education at the shortest time possible? I mean by putting more emphasis on the actual practice than the theory. What we have today is that we have so much time spent in school for less education.

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  2. Quality education is really in need in the Philippines and with other countries they are now using new innovations and one program of DepEd is the use of tablets for every student.

    Is it fully operational or still on a pilot testing? It's been so long now and haven't herd any update about the one student one tablet.
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    1. Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world. And now, with the help of modern technology, the thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.

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