A College Degree as Status Symbol: K-12 is a Must
The Philippines is the only country left without K-12 education. This is the only effective system which makes a Bachelor’s Degree optional.
Alright. Elementary education starts from Grade One to only Grade Six. International schools and most exclusive (or single-sex) schools add Grade 7 into their schools (and not to mention a few of these schools require most students who only graduated in sixth grade to take Grade 7 before entering secondary level due to curriculum change). High school is only from first year up to fourth year, but some schools are already adding “senior high school level” just to improve the quality of their education.
Public schools are not happy about this news. They think it is a waste of budget to those who cannot afford their children to let them experience on how to study in a K-12 setting. However, private schools encourage this system to gain profit.
It’s really sad that the government is not using the country’s budget for education and other basic needs. Somehow, the DepEd should start finding ways to improve the quality of education of schools, whether public or private.
What were public schools and private schools in the past compared to the present-day Philippines?
Public schools used to be the best schools in the Philippines while the private schools were the ones that are diploma mills. But right now, this impression is only found in the provinces, that is. In Metro Manila it is not advisable to study in a public school since there are many students, lack of facilities, lacking basic needs, etc. but the students still afford to work hard and do their best while in most private schools, students slack off and do nothing but to be spoonfed by their teachers. In the provinces, however, public schools provide quality education compared to private schools. You are considered well-to-do once you study in a private school, but most of these students from the provinces claimed that it’s better to study in a government-owned school.
Why should K-12 be implemented?
Alright. Here’s the thing. In other countries, college education is optional. As in, op-tio-nal. Even in Japan, where it is really hard to get in college or university, tertiary education is not mandatory, but most high school graduates volunteer to study in university. Guess what? Most students who come from rich families study in Tokyo University, which is state-owned. However, despite being a state university, it is still expensive to study there. Meanwhile, in the USA, a bachelor’s degree is optional and most high school graduates go to work. However, those who can afford to go to college/university prefer to study in state universities as education is really valued in the United States.
In Singapore, it is actually K-13. It is very hard to get in college/university and only a few are qualified.
These are the examples that I could give why their quality of instruction is very much beyond world-class. In the Philippines however, a college degree is really mandatory since jobs are very limited and it is really a must that most students should really finish their bachelor’s degree. In the corporate world, yes, the standards are very high– grades should have no failures, no tattoos, no unnecessary piercings and stuff, but the salary is not exactly ideal to raise dependents. In that case, the Philippines should start improving the educational system and add more job opportunities to graduates to reduce brain drain.
It’s really a waste that Filipinos are very intelligent people, but the elite doesn’t really recognize this mentality.
Criticisms against K-12
Everyone said that Grade 7 is a “waste of time.” Well, they should be thankful that they experienced that system. Others said that “after years of studying, it’s just nothing.” Most Filipinos do not really like the K-12 education since it really wastes time and money, as for them.
But as for me, K-12 education should be implemented so that students will start working after graduating from high school. I hope Filipinos would be open-minded about this situation.
Posted on October 3, 2011, in Colleges and Universities, Department of Liberal Arts, High Schools, Opinion, Philippines, States and Nations of the World, The Shrink and tagged academics, education, K-12, Philippine education. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.