Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -


“Ed­u­ca­tion is the key to suc­cess” is a uni­ver­sally ac­knowl­edged state­ment. It has been doc­u­mented for how long as some­one can re­mem­ber that a strong hu­man re­source base is crit­i­cal to at­tain high pro­duc­tiv­ity and eco­nomic progress for all. There­fore, the gov­ern­ment must pay high at­ten­tion to the status of ed­u­ca­tion in our coun­try. But it seems like, ed­u­ca­tion is be­ing looked out. Drop-out rate and the num­ber of out-of-school youth grows con­tin­u­ously over the past years.

Ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Sta­tis­ti­cal Co­or­di­na­tion Board, one in six school-agechil­dren is de­prived of ed­u­ca­tion. And aside from that, en­roll­ment rate in sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion is steady at only 59%. In lined with these, is the ques­tion, "what will serve our coun­try's ta­ble in the forth­com­ing years?"

Ed­u­ca­tion has a great ef­fect on the de­vel­op­ment of a coun­try. And this ap­pears to be the fact our gov­ern­ment lost sight with. Other coun­tries have al­ready re­al­ized the ef­fect of a high dropout rate to their economy, but in the Philip­pines, there has no data yet which can tell how much is be­ing lost in terms of peso value.

Low ed­u­ca­tion in a coun­try re­sults to a low tax rev­enue. As the num­ber of school non-com­pleters in­crease, gov­ern­ment's lost tax rev­enue from a pro­duc­tive and com­pet­i­tive pop­u­la­tion also in­creases. Be­cause to­gether with a low ed­u­ca­tional at­tain­ment, is a lost opportunity to get bet­ter jobs, thus, mak­ing most of the coun­try's cit­i­zens min­i­mum wage earn­ers, who are tax ex­empted.

School non-com­ple­tion in­creases crim­i­nal­ity, teenage-preg­nancy and even child la­bor. But above all these, is its bad ef­fect on the growth of economy in a coun­try. On in­vest­ing, business in­vestors also con­sider the ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ment of a com­mu­nity, and with the cur­rent status of ed­u­ca­tion in our coun­try, we didn't even reach the first re­quire­ment. No com­pany will ever dare to gam­ble in a so­ci­ety with poor work­force or weak hu­man re­source.

In the com­ing years, it is an as­sur­ance that most of the jobs which will be of­fered would be high-tech­nol­ogy. Companies will need higher num­ber of em­ploy­ees, but how can we suf­fice that, if great num­ber of Filipinos didn't even fin­ish el em en t ar y?

All past ad­min­is­tra­tions can­not deny their neg­li­gence with re­gard to the ed­u­ca­tion in our coun­try. It is true that it's one's choice whether to en­ter school or not. But what if the choices are to earn and live or to study and die in hunger? For­mer will al­ways pre­vail. Yes, it should be an ac­tion from peo­ple and dif­fer­ent de­part­ments, but the great­est ef­fort must be com­ing from the gov­ern­ment. The gov­ern­ment has the re­spon­si­bil­ity of bring­ing the play­ers on the board.

The au­thor is Teacher III at San Pe­dro Ele­men­tary School, City of San

Fer­nando (P)

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