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Friday, September 17, 2010

A CHOKING HAZARD: PNOY'S TEN- POINT AGENDA

 Before delving into the issues, I believe it is but proper to give you an overview of what the "ten- point agenda" is. Basically the "ten- point agenda" is a proposal forwarded by the "Education Nation" early this year to the presidential candidates; of all the candidates, it is only Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" C. Aquino who responded positively. And now that Noynoy has been placed in the seat of power he is trying to advocate it. The main contention of the "ten- point agenda" is to alleviate the educational quality of the Philippines via adding two more years in the already existing educational system [K- 10].

Pnoy and I have equal goals: to place the Philippines on equal or better educational standing as other countries in the world. Also, I concede to the fact that, indeed, the quality of education in the Philippines is quite sub- standard. Looking at status quo, we need to have a major educational reform to resolve the problem. But the solution being presented to us by Pnoy is quite blurry and frankly it is not feasible in status quo right now.

"Quality over quantity" this is my main contention. Henceforth, I would be stressing on the points of (a) the questionable proposal and (b) the lack of funding. I would also present a better solution and I believe I would be creating a nuance between phases one and two of my counter- proposal, eventually proving how much better it is than that of the "ten- point agenda".

Point A: the questionable proposal. How did the proposal become questionable in the first place? Foremost, it became unclear ever since Pnoy launched it via national media. He said that there will be educational reforms and presented the idea of adding two more years in the Philippine educational curriculum and ended by saying: "...DepEd is now conducting a feasibility study."; the feasibility study at current is still left hanging, no updates, whatsoever; up until now, what the government is trying to give us are puzzle pieces [i.e. Interviews with local media, forums, but no solid or unified press release] which they expect us to form into a picture of a country made of cotton- candy and bubblegum. No clarification has been given as with regards to who, when, where and how will such policy be implemented; hence the "ten- point agenda" became questionable. Now, how do we expect people to believe, neigh, to trust in such proposal of the government if we do not broaden the lines of the picture we are trying to create. These events created one big buzz, not because the "ten- point agenda" was intriguing [although it is], but rather because people understood it differently.

Point B: the funding. We all know that the government lack funds, and with Pnoy promising no additional taxes, the government agencies are working their tails off just to maximize the relatively small budget given to them for year 2010. And even though we have incoming taxes for year 2011, these taxes will not be concentrated on education per se; rather, it will again be divided into the many different agencies, departments and corporations of the government.So I forward the question: "Where will we get the budget?" Will we ask aid from UN? Will we ask first world countries to give us developmental aid? It ties it back to my first argument that the proposal is not clear.

It's not enough that I complain, I believe its is also a responsibility to forward a better solution. May I reiterate, quality over quantity. Take into consideration the current condition of the Philippines in terms of education. We lack facilities, faculty and staff. So I say, we must first address these problems before adding another burden. Instead of using next year's budget on something quite unstable, we should invest in a win- win -win situation. How will this be? Investing the money for the improvement of the facilities and materials of these students [i.e. classrooms, chairs, books, etc.] we give comfort for the students and for the teacher and eventually it brings joy in the children's parents. It is not enough, though, that we concentrate primarily on the students, let us also look into the increasing demand for teachers but its decreasing supply because public school teachers are not well taken cared of in the current government. If we invest some of the funds for increasing teachers' salaries we address the problem of the teachers. We do not end their, since we are geared towards total educational reform, we also have to provide proper and integral training for teachers so that we will be assured of quality teaching. These will not be limited to one school year; rather, it should be continuous. This ends phase one of my counter- proposal.

Moving on to the second phase. The second phase would now be the fulfillment of the goal, that is, to place the Philippines on equal or better educational standing as other countries. How will this be done you ask? First, since we have already addressed the basic problems, we give it four to five years implementation. The four or five years of strict implementation would not only eradicate major problems and refine the given solutions, but it will also give the government time to actually prepare funds; not only that, but, we give parents time to prepare for the additional two years. Look at it this way, if we give it by next year, as proposed by the Aquino administration, we are mortifying the parents with additional thousands of pesos which they have not prepared for mainly because they only prepared for K-10. When we already have the funds and capability to add two more years in the Philippine educational system, then we should. I believe that the best year to launch it is on the year 2015, same as the launching of the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations; that way we are going with the trend of globalization. What benefit will we get from going with the trend of globalization? For one, it will better the image of the country, it will bring back the Philippines in all aspects of the economic map of the world. If the Philippines is re- acquainted with the economic map progress is at assurance.

How does my counter- policy beat the policy forwarded by the Aquino administration? First, my policy allows people to actually digest the idea of educational reform and we are preparing people [students and parents especially] which is obviously better than what the current administration is doing, which is, shoving the "ten- point agenda" down people's throats; that boils down to the Filipino populate getting choked. Second, my policy can actually be done in current Philippine condition. Third, it actually fulfills the goals and gives a win- win- win situation.

So, at the end of the day, whose paradigm will we actually consider? One which has good goals but wrong means or one who has both goals and means good and feasible?

Sources:
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100128-249865/10-pt-education-reform-campaign-launched-to-elect-Education-President
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/06/16/10/aquino-urged-rethink-12-year-education-cycle
http://barriosiete.com/noynoy-aquinos-10-point-basic-education-agenda/

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2 comments:

  1. overall, very good points you actually have pointed out the main problems of the status quo with regards to the problems it is facing right now. but then, nakulangan ako sa deeper analysis mo sa 2 points mo. and i thought na you should have raised more than two arguments. alam ko naman na you know more about this pa.=)) for example, dun sa feasibility report, you can research about that and i think that it would help your case if you can point out how is this going? any updates? kasi it is a statement that serves as a promise na hindi naman talagang grounded if you'd just think of it. isa pa, how exactly is the pnoy admin giving us puzzle pieces that is confusing considering that it's impossible to impose the agenda, as you said. =D
    sa second point, paint the picture clearly of what is really happening in sq, kunwari, the lack of school teachers and hindrance ng mga students na makapag- aral ng mabuti.
    tapos, when pushing your case better, i think that you could have pointed out how you actually can monitor or how can someone monitor the budget allocations para hindi wobbly yung case. your point about globalization, parang is support mo ito with the question na, how can following the trend of globalization actually help the philippines' status? ayun.=)
    dagdagan mo pa yung points. i think that you should lay all the statements na na pose na ng admin at dep ed, tapos isa isa mong atakihin. para masaya. hehehe=D

    ingat! God bless. senxa na, sabaw na sabaw na ko. hahaha!

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  2. A very good post...just remember 500 words minimum so you can add more to your post to strengthen your case. Overall, excellent post.

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