K-12 and Funding

Education schmeducation!

Yes, I know, it’s rather harsh. See, according to Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, when there is something you just can’t care about, you use the word then follow it with about the same word except you replace the first letter or so of the word with “schm”. For instance, when you are not a fan of summer, while everyone is gloomy that it is over, you all tell them, “Summer schmummer”.

But not caring about education is just not good. It’s almost close to Count Olaf‘s indifference about the truth when he uttered, “Truth schmuth.” However, this seems to be the behavior that the Philippine government is displaying towards the Philippine education system.

From the previous budgets of the Philippine public funds, it is clear that education has not been a top priority in the Philippines – paying debts has always received the biggest partition of the public funds. But the recent budget cut on the Philippine state colleges and universities is such a big blow on the Philippine education. Ironically, the Department of Education is firmly proposing a revamp on the Philippine education system.

What I just can’t understand is why this administration has cut down budget for education while the DepEd is in the midst of trying to renew the Philippine education system.

Well, according to the DepEd, the Philippine education system is something that is rather past and that the Philippines should start following the lead of other nations citing a UK study that tells of the positive effects of longer school hours to a country’s GDP. True. But which one of them is overlooking the facts worse?

On one hand, there is the budget cut. On the other hand, there is the DepEd seemingly taut and in a rush on K-12.

It is a given that a cut on the already relatively low budget on education will adversely affect the already established system. This system is one that is still incomplete. All you have to do to see this is to visit a public school – elementary, high school, or college – take a nice look around and you will notice either a lack in teachers, classrooms, facilities, or the like.

Now, the new system that the DepEd is proposing will add three year levels to basic education. This will, of course, necessitate new classrooms, more teachers, more facilities. And how do they plan to fulfill these needs?

It’s true: planning always helps. However, both sides seem to be in a hurry. If important things are being done in haste by this administration, what good can we possibly expect out of it?