Solving Requires Acknowledging the Problem First
There are innovations in science education equipment that are now available yet as related in a post on this blog last year, Philippines DepEd Seriously Lacks Innovation, these resourceful ways of addressing limited resources do not exist in DepEd's plans. Instead, DepEd is seemingly suspended in outdated kits and equipment.
|Expensive and outdated equipment that DepEd chooses (left) versus cheaper and more environmentally-friendly kits for science laboratories (right).|
The numbers above do not even take into account that about 7 percent leave school in elementary and another 7 percent do not finish high school (from Phl dropout rates rising since 2007). Proponents of the new curriculum insist that curriculum changes are necessary even if resources are not yet adequate. This seems logical especially when it appears to be impossible to address completely the shortages. Thus, if the ability to provide a quality 10-year education is made a requirement for a 12-year basic education program then such curricular reform will never happen. This sounds reasonable except that it violates the goal of providing education for all. Creating new problems (or new needs) is not really a good way of solving a problem.