10 + 2 = 12 years of basic education = more employability
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10 + 2 = 12 years of basic education = more employability

Manila : Philippines | Aug 10, 2010 at 9:25 PM PDT
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“Re: the new 12-year basic education curriculum, don’t think of it as +2 years, but -2 years. The ultimate goal is to make HS grads employable. Many jobs don’t need college degrees, but because the current 10-year cycle is inadequate, many employers require it. Now THAT’s anti-poor.” — paraphrasing Pepe Diokno

for the past years, the philippine educational system was cited for its downward surge into its quality. What was once an educational mecca was now a hodgepodge of ill-gotten graduates with fewer skills and technically unprepared for the real life outside of school.

I,for one belongs to this group, but I contest being a hodgepodge because I am currently employed and my career is just starting.

Being a BSN graduate, the call for more healthcare workers during the time of my schooling was very lucrative. We were bombarded with information deemed to be inaccurate. I graduated March of 2008 and most of my peers have their own career paths.But it was unfortunate to note that those are just people i know. What about the others? They are on a standstill, a very hard and emotional part of a recent graduate.

Going back to my preparation, I think my ten years of basic education is just adequate. I am only speaking for myself and not in the name of the majority. What a bout the others? Have they prepared enough?There has to be a lot of factors that would prepare a student to real-life living. I am thankful to my elementary and highschool for molding into what I am now. Being a diligent student I was, expectations are constantly rising every time. Active participation into activities curriculum -based or not was very important as I tried to manage my time between those stuff.And of course, the value of the family who’s always been there for me ever since, I felt no pressure at all. They just let me.

But what about the others who are not as “bibo” as me?

Would there be chances that they can make it in their chosen career?

That question would only be answered if we go back to the problem of inadequate basic education. Once, I was able to have a nice conversation of a German national who stayed here in the country for about 20 years doing business and he told me that the educational system here is so unlike what they have. He mentioned about a preparatory period for HS grads about what course to take in college and they have their apprenticeship period. This is the time where the student would eventually decide what he would like to do and what eh would like to study. That is what is lacking in our current system.

DepEd in headstrong on the imposition of such change and I hope it will go on and make history.

I totally support this move.I am for QUALITY EDUCATION.and the answer to that is what is the issue now.

thepurplewriter is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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