Public Education Reform, RH Bill, and DepEd's K to 12
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...We were also left a long list of obligations to fulfill: A backlog of 66,800 classrooms, which would cost us about 53.44 billion pesos; a backlog of 2,573,212 classroom chairs, amounting to 2.31 billion pesos....
...And what of our students—what welcomes them in the schools? Will they still first learn the alphabet beneath the shade of a tree? Will they still be squatting on the floor, tussling with classmates over a single textbook?
I have great faith in Secretary Luistro: Before the next year ends, we will have built the 66,800 classrooms needed to fill up the shortage we inherited. The 2,573,212 backlog in chairs that we were bequeathed will be addressed before 2012 ends. This year, too, will see the eradication of the backlog of 61.7 million textbooks—and we will finally achieve the one-to-one ratio of books to students.
We are ending the backlogs in the education sector, but the potential for shortages remains as our student population continues to increase. Perhaps Responsible Parenthood can help address this....
...Year after year, our budget for education has increased. The budget we inherited for DepEd last 2010 was 177 billion pesos. Our proposal for 2013: 292.7 billion pesos. In 2010, our SUCs were allocated a budget of 21.03 billion pesos. Since then, we have annually raised this allocation; for next year, we have proposed to set aside 34.99 billion pesos of our budget for SUCs. Despite this, some militant groups are still cutting classes to protest what they claim is a cut in SUC budgets. It’s this simple: 292.7 is higher than 177, and 34.99 is higher than 21.03. Should anyone again claim that we cut the education budget, we’ll urge your schools to hold remedial math classes. Please attend....
...If you have a problem with the fact that before the year ends every child will have their own chairs and own set of books, then look them straight in the eye and tell them, “I do not want you to go to school....”_________________________________________________________________________________
And, of course, to the above, the Catholic Church is quick to respond:
“We don’t see any connection between the education problem and the bill promoting and funding contraceptive usage,”
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"Diving into a new curriculum that has spiral approach, mother tongue based - multilingual education wipes out all current textbooks and introduces new items to the budget but we'd rather have no children?"
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"But before we have a deeper, more sophisticated discussion about different seeds, soil types, what kind of plants we value, we have to stop the bulldozers and stop attacking the gardeners. What would reform look like, you ask? More compost (resources, aides), more water (interesting content), better tools (higher teacher salaries across the board), and maybe a smaller row to hoe (class size). But this is not the same as saying the garden is perfect as it is."Critics of K to 12 are not saying that nothing should be done. Critics of K to 12 are offering not just criticisms but alternatives. Critics of K to 12 offer a prioritization. First, upgrading teachers' salaries is not only important for education reform but is also simply demanded by justice and fairness. Quality education is not achieved by demoting a teacher's job to a subservient role of following a lesson plan designed by outsiders to every single detail. Only teachers have the opportunity to really know a student. Teachers do not need specific instructions. Teachers need time and energy which they can only get if they need not worry about their own and their family's survival. Only by providing teachers with decent salaries would the State and the society really understand what it truly takes to rear a child. This is no different from parents. Responsible parents who understand what they need to provide their children make the right decisions. A government which neglects the basic needs are like parents who produce babies without due attention to the responsibilities each child brings. And a government cannot expect from its society what it does not do. As long as parents view children as potential source of labor and income, responsible parenthood is not possible. And as long as the State view its citizens as sources of cheap labor and overseas remittances, responsible governance will not happen.