Same Stories Every Year
|Class lists showing three shifts (Photo courtesy of Alliance of Concerned Teachers)
|Classroom lacking chairs (Photo courtesy of Alliance of Concerned Teachers)
"Again they will encounter the perennial problems of our education system that is unresolved up to now by the Aquino government. President Aquino boasts that he is a “pro-education” advocate but it doesn’t show. Still there are shortages of classrooms: 32,644, teachers: 46,567, chairs: 2,500,000, textbooks: 60 million and water & sanitation facilities: 80,937. These are the basic needs of our education system."Some are probably sick and tired of seeing and hearing the same stories. In fact, some even make the excuse that one should just be patient with the Philippines' Department of Education. After all, it is only the second year of implementation of K to 12, it is only the third year for universal kindergarten. Some say that these are simply "birth pains". That is not a correct analogy though. The shortages have been existing in Philippine basic education for over a decade now long before K to 12.
|Problems are meant to be fixed, not put on display (Photo courtesy of Alliance of Concerned Teachers)
|Representative Tinio observing a makeshift classroom
|A classroom lacks a blackboard (Courtesy of Representative Tinio)
Can photos and videos make the difference? Would seeing these conditions help citizens of the Philippines to realize what basic education in the country really needs? We could only hope.
Here is a video from Representative Tinio.