Identifying some of the problems with the educational system in the Philippines: The educational structural ladder of 6+4+4; 6 years in elementary, 4 in secondary and typically 4 years in tertiary level to gain a bachelor’s degree. It is not enough to suffice theoretical proficiency and technical knowhow. The government only spends 12 percent of the national budget for education; that is far from the suggested cut of the World Bank which is 20%. Finance to education is very far from other Asian countries, like Malaysia and Thailand. The lack of well-trained teachers and classrooms to cut down number of students coupled with the low salaries of teachers and not enough instructional materials for teachers. The government is very slow in giving quality and standardized education to provinces, they rather give much time and funds to schools nearer and within Manila. Big money usually goes to defense and corruption – this explains how a failure in one of the organ systems affects the function of the other organ systems.
The solution? The government must support the budget of education in our country.
Until next time.