Topic 2 education reforms in the philippines by cruz
The “By 2015“the 10 ASEANPhilippines countries will open their borders, and by 2020, the All otherhas the Philippines will join the countries inshortest APEC Trade Regime. the world haveeducation Before these two events happen, we have to 15 or 16 yearscycle in the prepare our graduates to of educationworld (only 10 be globally competitive. from Grade 1years of public There are no other tobasic education alternatives but to alignand usually only our degree programs with undergraduate4 years of those of other graduation.undergraduate countries.”, sayseducation, for a Emmanuel Y.total of 14). Angeles, who now chairs the CHED
Two models of General Education Curriculum (GEC) for students majoring in the for everyone elsehumanities, socia l sciences, and communicationhas 63 units has 51 units
A typical undergraduate degree needs at least 60 units in addition to the GEC units, for a total of about 120 units, just like Harvard and NUS.NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OFSINGAPORE • 4 and more years in college• Spend 3 years in college• 4 units per subject or module • 3 units per subject or module • still teach such subjects as• most, if not all of our GEC Algebra, Statistics, Basic Economics, Generalsubjects are taken in high Psychology, Politics and Governance, Society andschool in other Culture, Arts Appreciation, Introduction tocountries, including Philosophy, and Anthropology, not to mentionSingapore English, Filipino, and all sorts of legislated content (Taxation, Agrarian Reform, Family Planning, Population Education, Rizal, Philippine History, Philippine Constitution).
Two Lessons According to Senator Lamar Alexander of TennesseeFirst, General Educationcourses (if they are at allneeded in college) should beissue or competency-based,not discipline-based; Second, college years should be lessened not increased.
Some people have suggestedthat, in order to approximatethe British model, we shouldhave only 3 and not 4 years ofcollege. This means that wehave to follow the Singaporemodel and give 4 units persubject, lessening the numberof subjects students take.
We cannot just extend 4-year college into 5-year college or compress4-year college into 3-year college, without doing many other thingsfirst. Fortunately, we have a Philippine best practice to guide us in thismatter of length versus content. The expected learning competencies per subject, and therefore the entire curriculum, had to be revised It is, therefore, not just a matter of saying that there should be a Grade 7 or a Fifth or Sixth Year High School or a Pre-University Year in college. Just as important as the decision on when to add the missing year or years is the decision on how to change the entire curriculum to make it rational and effective.
In the Philippines, we follow, though not strictly, the American model. We shouldknow, therefore, the American justification for general education. The worst thing we can do is to have general education just because the Americans have it What we have in the Philippines, then, is a mongrel: students choose their majors when they apply for admission to college (the British model), but we still have general education in college (the American model).
Key to the issue of General Education The first two years of college, if we are going to have them at all, should not have any required subjects, should not have any skills courses, and should not include any major courses.
We cannot add the missing year to High School REASONS:
Where to add the extra year?• The first thing to do is to revamp theGeneral Education Curriculum (GEC).• The second thing to understand that theextra year should focus on subjects that willprepare the student for college work
The PTFE has many more recommendations, including necessary legislation (such as giving CHED moreteeth). It will be impossible for the present government, with only a year to go, toimplement all of them, but there is nothingto prevent it from starting to implement at least a couple of them before we elect a new President and have new heads of DepEd, CHED, and TESDA.