Wednesday, January 28, 2009

five years curriculum

The CHED (Commission on Higher Education) proposed a five-year college curriculum for Liberal Arts(AB), Education and Nursing courses. The reason is that the CHED wants an even more quality graduates. OK, i got the point. Easy to understand , right? The intention is clear-QUALITY GRADUATE. But wait, do these people in this office stop to realize how bad our economy has become, financial crisis so alarming and and parents work their butt 24/7 only to sustain the needs of their children especially on educational finances? Well, I think I'll see more undergraduates in the next millennium if this proposed plan of CHED for 2010 will push through.

Well, I suggest that instead of adding one year for these courses, why don't they just plan on having more trainings and seminars for teachers for them to be even more effective in their fields? More programs that will enhance the capabilities of teachers in the teaching profession. The intention of CHED is however good for our future graduates but taking a closer look of the other side of the coin, one year is another burden to all parents or gurdians' part. Ang sa aking lang, hirap na nga tayong magpaaral ng anak sa college dadagdagan pa ng CHED ang pasanin ng mga magulang.

And so for me, I say NO to this proposal and yes to more trainings and seminars for all educators. Makisimpatiya naman tayo sa hirap ng buhay ngayon. There is an alternative to all our goals where none will be affected. Sa aking opinyon, wala naman yun sa haba ng taon ang learning eh, it's in the training grounds for the students to be competent when they graduate. And a good training ground already started by the time we learn the ABC's in kindergarten.

9 comments:

Mari said...

Extending the curriculum is not the solution to the problem. The system IS the problem. Why not train teachers and pay them more so that the good ones don't leave pinas?

prinsesamusang said...

i saw this on the news and i say this will be tough, especially for nursing because it is quite expensive. sheesh. btw, i picked up the smiley award, and again thank you, thank you so much!

prinsesamusang said...

and i got something for you on my blog too!

katcarneo said...

My initial reaction as I was reading your post was "Hmmm, maybe that's okay." I just though of my school and the fact that I believe I didn't learn much from there. When I was studying I always though to myself I needed more in-depth study of certain subjects, not just discuss some points in passing.

But you're right. With the global economic crisis an additional year of paying college tuition would not do any good. WHat they can do, I think, is to update and upgrade their curriculum so that the students can maximize the four years they spend in school and learn what they can so that when they go out there, they'd at least have a vague idea of what the world is like.

And when they go out there, then the real learning begins.

Keith said...

I know many people in the Phils have scrimped and scraped to make school possible for themselves, as well as for their families. Still, I am sure that in better economic times, the CHED saw how other countries, like the United States with their five year programs to train students to be teachers.

Here, we have always know that for anyone seeking credentials as a teacher, one must complete four years of school, plus one more year to become credentialed.

I cannot say if this is a good system. It is, however, the only one we have, here.

Nyl, education is a noble profession. Let us pray it continues to develop into a well-paid profession, likewise.

Nyl said...

Mari,

Yeah, you're right at that.The problem is in the system. That's why i suggest that educators could be given more seminars and programs to enhance their teaching skills and of course a good paying job that they deserve. Just imagine how many skilled teachers we have now who opted to leave and teach in other country because they do not get the right compensation that they deserve to have here.

prinsesamusang,

Nursing is really expensive and my concern goes to the parents esp. that we are facing a big crisis and its even global. Weee!anyway, thanks for getting the smiley award and with much gratitude too for giving me a new one. I'll get back to that..that's a promise.:)


katcarneo,

Updating and upgrading the curriculum is a very good idea to better maximize the four-year course. That way, the school can exclude from their curriculum some subjects that are no longer relevant to some courses and then add the subjects that are more helpful in the their profession.

I remember my classmate in college when he did complain about this one subject that he had to enroll when thinking about it, it actually has no relevance to his chosen course at all. The tuition fee is not yet so costly at that time, can you just imagine now spending much money on subjects that are not significant to your course?really a waste of money and time.

yes, learning truly begins after getting the diploma..where the real challenge is.


Keith,

I am glad that you show a positive outlook about the economic system in the Phils. as will get better in future time. I understand too how Filipinos put so much emphasis, value or importance to education. But looking at the reality as how our government system works here same as the educational system, I don't think that an additional one year for these courses will guarantee us to produce graduates all with flying colors..i mean all with quality. No matter how many years you would add to a certain course if the system itself isn't changing, then that attempt,spending money and time for the students, is stil futile.Just in my own view Keith..hehe!of course i respect yours. Maybe am just mad with this kind of government that we have..sorry am being emotional.:D

Anyway, I go with you in prayer. I am also in the teaching profession and i feel all the educators' sentiments.

bw said...

I totally agree with you. No matter how you improve the academic structure when your on the job training programs suck, you will never produce quality. The government is totally ignorant of the fact that you get your diploma only once in your life and it is stupidity to assume that a teacher's diploma is enough to sustain her skills for the next 30 years of her working life !
Teaching methods also evolve ! and teachers need to be kept up to date with new techniques, new technologies, new approaches.

Keith said...

Lady Nil, I do believe that as our entire world comes under the most expansive economic crisis of the past 68 years, it is perhaps, bizarre, if not downright irresponsible to create more money and time burdens on its prospective teachers.

pchi said...

I don't think we really need to add more years to college

in UP, we have very few units, so kaya dagdagan ng isang course kung gusto

I think maybe the private sector will benefit though

I think what the government needs to do is strengthen the quality of education of elementary and high school

many college graduates are poor even with basic arithmetic and grammar