Adding two more years in the primary and secondary education does not make any sense at all.
At least this is how the Kalipunan ng Damayang Maralita (Kadamay) feels about the K-to-12 program of the government.
According to Kadamay Chairperson Bea Arellano, the program is anti-poor because it translates to two more years of educational expenses such as tuition fees, transport fares, allowances, and school supplies for the students.
Even Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Rep. Antonio Tinio believes the program is very untimely.
Rep. Tinio claims the government has not addressed yet the problem of the insufficiency of classrooms and teachers from Kindergarten to 4th year high school in public schools, yet the government introduced two more years of education in the system, which definitely would require additional classrooms and more teachers as well for grades 7 and 8.
However, the government claims it is high time the country’s education system should already be at par with the rest of the world.
But the question on unemployment lingers. Will the additional two years in school guarantee the student that he or she will get a job after graduation?
The government should have addressed the problem in the country’s unemployment first so as to cut the backlog of people without work especially those who have a four-year degree.
The country has a problem in unemployment and not in education, Mr. President!!!
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Don’t blame the MMDA
Now that classes have started and the rainy season is here, expect the traffic snarl in Metro Manila to get even worse.
Most of us curse the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) right away for the road congestion, which up to now we have not gotten used to.
Even the President complained on the monstrous traffic jam last week saying, “mag-traffic enforcer na rin si Chairman Tolentino”.
It seems that the President is not aware that the long queue of cars on the road these days is due to the several unfinished road repairs in the metropolis.
President Pnoy may be barking up the wrong tree. He may, instead, ask the Department of Public Works and Highways and the various local city engineer offices to explain the delay in the completion of these repairs.
The MMDA may be in charge of the traffic but they surely have no control over these road repairs.
Paging DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson!