I simply hate local politics and it has been a while since I last appreciate a news item on TV. But this morning is different. I woke up learning from a local news that cabinet members of the Philippine government axed the five-year-in-college proposal applicable to most courses even to non-registration or non-boards courses.
Adding up another year in college would only give parents an additional financial burden. Money isn’t only the issue but time. The proposal would delay the opportunity of a potential graduate to earn soon.
What the government officials should do is to set aside politics and do something to alleviate the intellectual poverty level of Filipinos. Focusing on programs to improve quality of basic education and learning system is more important than prolonging the collegiate calendar. Giving importance to teachers’ efforts by increasing their salaries would give them more reasons to think that their dedication to their profession is still worth it. I think it’s so unfair that call center agents here in Manila get higher monthly rates compared to a professional teacher. It’s high time to be logical.