A GLIMPSE FOR OUR ED­U­CA­TION SYS­TEM’S FU­TURE

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EDNA S. TONIACAO

The United States left a long last­ing im­pres­sion on the Philip­pine school sys­tem. Sev­eral col­leges and univer­si­ties were founded with the goal of ed­u­cat­ing the na­tion’s fu­ture lead­ers. In the present days, ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in the Philip­pines is in­flu­enced by the global de­mands of the so­ci­ety. Hav­ing a good ed­u­ca­tion is im­por­tant to one’s suc­cess in life. Ed­u­ca­tion is the key to suc­cess, with­out a good ed­u­ca­tion you will find it hard to achieve suc­cess in one’s life. A good ed­u­ca­tion is im­por­tant be­cause you will be able to think for your­self and com­mu­ni­cate in­tel­li­gently to other peo­ple. Per­sons who don‘t have a good ed­u­ca­tion back­ground will have a dif­fi­cult time find­ing jobs and also will earn less money. If a per­son is un­able to rea­son and think for him­self then that per­son will have prob­lem in find­ing and keep­ing a job. They will not be very suc­cess­ful in life un­til they im­prove their ed­u­ca­tional back­ground.

Jobs are hard to get, they are not easy for the com­pe­ti­tion is too taught, and the em­ploy­ers will seek the most qual­i­fied and in­tel­li­gent per­son to fill the va­cancy.

Why is ed­u­ca­tion so sig­nif­i­cant?

Ed­u­ca­tion is knowl­edge ac­quired. Ed­u­ca­tion gives us the per­spec­tive of the things around us. Ed­u­ca­tion helps us to look at our lives and learn from every ex­pe­ri­ences. The fu­ture of a coun­try is safe in the hands of ed­u­cated peo­ples. Ed­u­ca­tion is im­por­tant for the eco­nomic growth of our coun­tries. It fos­ters prin­ci­ples of so­cial­ism and equal­ity. A per­son can’t be a com­plete man with­out a good ed­u­ca­tion. Ed­u­ca­tion also builds your self es­teem and how you view your­self. A per­son with a good ed­u­ca­tion back­ground will have more con­fi­dent when ap­proach­ing a new job and also when in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple.

Fill in the gaps with teach­ers in read­ing com­pre­hen­sion and ba­sic math skills dur­ing their ini­tial train­ing, is a key ac­tion to im­prove the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try. The train­ing re­ceived by teach­ers when they are al­ready in ser­vice is im­por­tant to keep them up­dated, but should not re­place the “ur­gent need” to pri­or­i­tize and re­form the train­ing they re­ceive in a nor­mal Ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

“Those who en­ter the teach­ing pro­fes­sion and other ca­reers, come with those gaps that are not off­set in their ini­tial train­ing, and come to teach with these prob­lems, then that’s what we call the vi­cious cir­cle of ed­u­ca­tional qual­ity, that af­fects not only the so­ci­ety, but am­pli­fies in our coun­try”

Ac­cord­ing to the Jan­uary 2014 La­bor Force Sur­vey, the Philip­pines reg­is­tered an un­em­ploy­ment rate of 7.5 per­cent, while un­der­em­ploy­ment was pegged at 19.5 per­cent. The Global Em­ploy­ment Trends re­port of the In­ter­na­tional La­bor Or­ga­ni­za­tion pub­lished in 2014 also re­vealed that the Philip­pines reg­is­tered an un­em­ploy­ment rate of 7.3 per­cent in 2013, the high­est un­em­ploy­ment rate among mem­bers the As­so­ci­a­tion of South East Asian Na­tions or ASEAN.

Ed­u­ca­tion Missed-match is also a big is­sue. Ac­cord­ing to lvin Ng an econ­o­mist from the Uni­ver­sity of Santo To­mas “it im­pacts the econ­omy in such a way that the time spent pur­su­ing a par­tic­u­lar course in col­lege be­comes a fu­tile ex­er­cise for the stu­dent and brings about an over­sup­ply of tal­ents to a cer­tain pro­fes­sion”. “A mis­match oc­curs be­cause of the fail­ure to gen­er­ate the suf­fi­cient num­ber of peo­ple needed by the econ­omy”. He also noted that, the prob­lem is cul­tural mind­set, of the need to be­come a pro­fes­sional with spe­cial­ized skills re­gard­less if there is an ex­ist­ing de­mand in the econ­omy or none.

The job missed match may also be in­flu­ence by the many of the learn­ing prob­lems of our stu­dents are de­rived from the learn­ing prob­lems of their teach­ers, the thou­sands of men and women who each year choose to be­come a teach­ers, ei­ther to work in pri­mary or sec­ondary, did not de­velop fun­da­men­tal knowl­edge in their pri­mary and sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, such as read­ing sym­pa­thet­i­cally, ex­press ad­e­quately their ideas and ap­ply log­i­cal think­ing.

At the end, good ed­u­ca­tion is in­flu­ence by good teach­ers. The next step that the gov­ern­ment should do is to race the de­mands for jobs and ap­ply it in the school. Mak­ing sure that the de­mands are lik­able to the stu­dents, be­cause at the end of the day if the ed­u­ca­tion is missed match to the work of a per­son, none mat­ters.

The author is Head Teacher Ma­bal­a­cat City — oOo—

III at San­tos Ven­tura Na­tional High School,

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