K + 12 Basic Education Essay

16419 WordsMar 27, 201266 Pages
adding 2 more years to basic education will further widen the rich & poor divide August 14, 2010wawamLeave a commentGo to comments the DepEd seems all set to add two more years to the country’s 10 year basic education curriculum. this is a very tough issue to crack. we think it is a clash between reality and the ideal. a question unanswered – is this for the common good? the truth is there are already many problems at the current 10-year curriculum and it has nothing to do with number of years. to enumerate a few – there are not enough qualified teachers to teach all the students; that is made worst with just too many students; there are not enough classrooms and schools to comfortably fit all the students (not to mention not enough bathrooms and water supply); there are not enough books; add the problem of poor quality books, on top of that there are not enough facilities and finally very high drop out rates. the latter, high drop out rates is being caused by something out of the education system but affects a large part of the population – poverty. there are just so many poor families and they are so poor that many of them cannot afford to pay for the already meager amount needed for the education of their children. grade school and high school are free in public schools with parents needing to just spend on uniforms, fare and some expenses. the tuition which normally accounts for a very large share of the total expenses are free and yet most poor families can still not afford of what is left for them to spend. it is not that the expenses are high, it’s just their income is very, very low. it is this inability to afford the other expenses that has caused a very high drop out rate among students. this plan of the DepEd to add two more years will of course not solve any of the above problems. in fact, it will only extend all those problems by

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