Public School Teacher for 12 years
Advocate of Education Reform
DepEd Short of P45 B for Last Two Years of K+12
- July 6, 2011, 12:57 a.m.
Former education secretary Mona Valisno proposes Congress funding support as well as collaboration with private and state universities to subsidize the additional two years of high school in the K+12 program. The end goal is to alleviate some of the financial burden of parents.
According to world education standards, Philippines falls short of adequate preparation of its graduates. This is evident in the recent headline that the sea men we produce are not as educated as others applying for the same position. Adding two extra years could provide the solution.
In Valisno's projections, the P45 billion needed for the 2016 two-year subsidizing plan can be recouped when better skilled and competitively-prepared graduates join the local workforce or remit income from overseas.
Some questions that immediately crop up are:
Is this solution sustainable? What are less-immediate government programs that can be cut for reallocation? Is there a more efficient solution?
The K+12 program is an ambitious step in Philippine education. Solutions and collaborations with public and private sectors can make it possible.
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