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Education Reform in the Philippines

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Ynah Pinca

on 13 October 2015

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Transcript of Education Reform in the Philippines

Why, then, is adding years to the education cycle encountering resistance?
The answer is simple: students and parents cannot afford the extra year of food, clothing, shelter, and lost income.
How, then, should we sell the idea of adding more years to our education cycle?
add or subtract?
This is the main reason that the members of the Presidential Task Force for Education (PTFE), particularly CHED, are rushing the addition of at least one more and even two more years to our education cycle. All other countries in the world have 15 or 16 years of education from Grade 1 to undergraduate graduation. The Philippines has the shortest education cycle in the world (only 10 years of public basic education and usually only 4 years of undergraduate education, for a total of 14).
In simpler Terms....
this means that, if we go to school for the same number of years as students in other countries, we do not have to take foreign exams in medicine, nursing, education, engineering, accounting, and other professions to practise in those other countries. Think of it this way: our doctors, nurses, teachers, accountants, engineers, and other professionals can be hired immediately in other countries without the need for additional training or exams.
Education Reform in the Philippines
by: Isagani R. Cruz

Why is it important to catch up with the rest of the world?
Soon,” says Angeles, “mutual recognition of qualifications and degrees will be undertaken by ASEAN countries and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region. Thus,
HEIs [Higher Education Institutions]
must prepare for it now. The qualifications of our graduates must be improved to meet our development goals.”
Like it or not, our entire economy now depends on Filipinos working abroad.
The more Filipino professionals we send abroad, the better it will be for our economy, since they will earn a lot more than less-skilled OFWs. That sounds like we are exporting and exploiting human beings, but with our country in the mess that it is in right now, we have no choice but to depend on our overseas heroes. In fact, since most Filipinos want to live and work abroad anyway, there is no reason to think that ensuring employment abroad through equivalent local education will be met with resistance.
The burning issue of the day for tertiary-level educators and government officials is, of course, whether or not to add or subtract years from college education.

It may make us feel better to know that this is a problem not only for us, but also for educators in other countries.
Why CHED is rushing?
“By 2015,” says Emmanuel Y. Angeles, who now chairs the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), “the 10 ASEAN countries will open their borders, and by 2020, the Philippines will join the APEC Trade Regime. Before these two events happen, we have to prepare our graduates to be globally competitive. There are no other alternatives but to align our degree programs with those of other countries.”
First, of course, is connecting the added years to jobs abroad. This is the carrot that will make the stick less painful.
Second and equally important is insisting that not every college course has to have an added year. Only those that produce graduates working abroad as professionals need the extra year.
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