A blog that tackles issues on basic education (in the Philippines and the United States) including early childhood education, the teaching profession, math and science education, medium of instruction, poverty, and the role of research and higher education.
Days before school opening, Educaction Secretary Armin Luistro announced - “Were ready. In fact, all students who will come to school on the first day of classes will have a seat and textbook ready for them.”
But in the same press release from DepEd, Bro.Armin admitted that these shortages will be solved infour years as well as the three primary components aimed at improving access and quality basic education in the country , namely improvement of teacher quality, enhancement of curriculum through the K to 12 program and achievement of set goals in addressing resource deficits.
Notwithstanding the fact that if there is something that we do not lack, it is the number of enrolees, for it is steadily increasing. Yesterday’s school opening scenario confirmed our point. The gross shortages on teachers, classrooms, chairs, books and sanitation facilities were unmet. The highly unplanned K+12 bore a deficient curriculum and no extensive training for teachers were done. Some teachers paid from their own pockets for the reproduction of curriculum guides and partial modules prepared by the training team.
Drastically, DepEd wanted to overhaul the basic and secondary curriculum by adding two more years without a law and budget to support it. “The prevailing education crisis must be addressed more fundamentally and their K to 12 programs, PNoy’s supposed legacy to the Filipino people, would only exacerbate the situation, Ms France Castro, secretary-general of Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said.
Our government’s resources for education have been found wanting and insufficient for the present 10-year cycle, how will it be able to afford a K+12 model? “A comprehensive review and planning is in order so that the reforms to be introduced in our education system will not be wasted,” Ms France Castro, stressed.
DepEd’s pronouncements that “professionalization “of the youth, is plain and simple providing cheap semi-skilled and skilled workers for the needs of the global market under the guise of providing employment...
This would only aggravate dependence on labor export that does not contribute to sustainable nation-building. What our country needs is to develop and educational system that caters to the Filipino youth and our society in general. The current crisis of our educational system stemmed not on the number of schooling years but rather on the conditions and foundation on which it subsists.
ACT believes that to prioritize the implementation of quality kinder education and to address the shortages in basic inputs like teachers, classrooms, textbooks, chairs and sanitation facilities will be more substantive. More importantly, do not shortchange our teachers. Teachers must be paid accordingly because contractualization is against the law.
“Quality education could only be achieved if this government will have the political will to invest more in public school system, stop the predominance of a colonial curriculum, and develop science and technology for domestic development" ---Ms France Castro.
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Quality education could only be achieved if this government will have the political will to invest more in public school system, stop the predominance of a colonial curriculum, and develop science and technology for domestic development -- Ms France Castro.
TANONG: ANO ANG KTO12 PROGRAM? SAGOT: Ang Kto12 Program ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas ay tumutukoy sa pagkakaroon ng mandatory o required na kindergarten at karagdagang 2 taon sa dating 10-year Basic Education Cycle. Kung noon, pagkatapos ng anim na taon sa elementarya at apat na taon sa hayskul (kabuuang 10 taon) ay maaari nang makapagkolehiyo ang mga estudyante. Sa ilalim ng Kto12, bago makapagkolehiyo, kailangan pa nilang dumaan sa karagdagang 2 taon pagkatapos ng apat na taong hayskul. Sa bagong sistema, tinatawag na senior high school o junior college ang karagdagang 2 tao…
There is information to be gained from data. Tests in schools can be informative. Scores of students provide a quick glimpse of the current state of education. Thus, it is useful to have these numbers. These numbers may not tell everything in detail with high accuracy. Nevertheless, test results allow for a useful perspective. The National Achievement Test administered by the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines, a set of standardized tests addressing the major subjects taught in school, is an example. These tests are given to Grade 3 where students are assessed in both English and Filipino (These two subjects comprise two thirds of the exam) and Math and Science (These two account for the remaining one third). A different set of tests is given to Grade 6 pupils where each of the following 5 subjects is assigned 40 items: (Science, Math, English, Filipino and Social Studies). Another set is administered to fourth year high school students (This is currently the last year…
With the new K to 12 curriculum in the Philippines, various tracks are now offered in the last two years of basic education. The various options available obviously make it possible for students to find themselves later unprepared for the courses they decide to take in college. A student, for instance, who finishes the accounting business management (ABM) strand in the senior high school academic track, is now required to take additional courses if the student chooses to enroll in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) major in college. These additional courses which are now called "bridging programs" are either taken during the first year of college or over several weeks in the summer before college starts.
There are bridging programs in the United States, but these are different from the ones that are now appearing in colleges in the Philippines. In Coldwater High School in Michigan, for example, the "bridging program" is an option for students…