The deteriorating quality of education in the Philippines is largely blamed on the incompetence of teachers. After the COVID-19 crisis that forced schools to close in almost 200 countries, Philippine Education must review its hiring practices. It should also review its curriculum and grading standards.
COVID-19 crisis forced school closures in almost 200 countries
The COVID-19 crisis has forced the closure of almost 200 countries’ schools and caused many to shut down for weeks or months. It has also caused significant disruption to education, particularly for children in vulnerable situations. In addition, the longer a child is out of school, the less likely they are to return. By the time the pandemic ends in September 2021, it is estimated that 1.8 trillion hours of learning will have been lost.
The crisis has forced governments in many countries to close schools, affecting the learning process of about 1.7 billion children. In some countries, the closures have been temporary, but many governments have decided to reopen schools as soon as possible. In some countries, students have already returned to classes, while in others the doors are still closed until September.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has affected more than one billion students around the world, global organizations are trying to provide better access to education. They have created the Global Education Coalition, a platform for collaboration and exchange. The coalition aims to improve education globally, including access to education and the quality of teaching and learning environments. The coalition also wants to ensure that privacy and security are protected for children.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak broke out, more than 130 countries have shut down schools. This means that nearly 80% of the world’s students have been forced to miss school. This is unprecedented in history, and it can cause students to feel a range of emotions. Fortunately, students can find ways to stay positive despite the stress and frustration of missing class.
As a result, many countries are turning to distance-learning solutions as a way to maintain education. Many countries are now undergoing analysis to determine which tools are most effective for implementing education continuity. The momentum created by the crisis should be leveraged to make education more accessible and more efficient.
While there are some potential health benefits from school closures, there have also been several negative effects. For one, students who were not able to attend school for days or weeks due to the crisis were more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors. Further, children’s mental and social health was affected. Moreover, school closures may have contributed to the broader social lockdown caused by the pandemic.
COVID-19 has also caused major disruptions in education and industry. With over 4.3 million confirmed cases and more than 290 thousand deaths, it has triggered fears of an impending economic crisis. The crisis has reduced the demand for manufactured products as well as impacted education and the food industry. This has led to an increase in panic buying and stockpiling of food.
Incompetent teachers blamed for deteriorating quality of education in the Philippines
The quality of education in the Philippines is in decline due to a number of factors. Public schools in the country are increasingly overcrowded with students. The student-teacher ratio is also a problem. While this has been improving in the past couple of years, the ratio is still too large. This is an issue that must be tackled head-on rather than throwing resources at reforms that will only make the situation worse.
Ineffective teachers are the most common cause of poor education in the country, but they are not the only culprit. Ineffective teaching is often hindered by the large student-teacher ratio. A classroom of sixty students with an effective teacher has a much better chance of producing well-educated students than one with a sub-par teacher.
Corruption is another factor that contributes to poor education outcomes. It robs schools of necessary resources. Bid-rigging and nepotism put inexperienced teachers in classrooms. Bribes to school officials also hinder equal access to education, causing poor and vulnerable students to drop out of school.
Philippine Education must review its hiring policies
The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has recently launched an online resource called PHL CHEd CONNECT and a digital community of educators. It is the first of its kind and is a partnership between the government and HEIs.
The Philippines has been spending significant resources to improve the quality and access of basic education. However, students’ performance on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and National Achievement Test (NAT) has remained inconsistent. This study explores three Philippine statutory policies to assess their effectiveness in improving the quality of education. It uses the Weimer and Vining framework of policy analysis and virtual focus groups with key stakeholders.
The Philippine education system has been plagued by the problem of ‘brain drain’, where talented students, graduates, and teachers leave the country in search of better opportunities. It has also failed to retain talented educators due to a shortage of job opportunities. The K to 12 program, which covers 13 years of education, was introduced in the country over a six-year period from 2011 to 2017.
Philippine education has evolved over hundreds of years of colonial and post-war history. In the 18th century, Spanish education was provided largely by missionaries and was primarily religious in nature. Most native people were excluded from prestigious educational institutions. Colonists were afraid that quality education would threaten their hold over the populace. The curriculum at that time included Christian doctrine, Spanish language, mathematics, and geography. Girls were also taught sewing and etiquette. Eventually, the American occupation of the Philippines brought English-language education and free primary education for all.
The Philippine government is encouraging increased private investment in higher education and internationalization of the education system. A recent initiative by the scientific community called the Philippine-California Advanced Research Institute (PCARI) supports post-doctoral scholars and R&D proposals. These initiatives will help the country’s education system improve its academic profile, and will allow more Filipinos to pursue higher education.
There are some criticisms of Philippine education reform, but the government believes it must make these changes to improve the quality of education in the country. The proposed reforms aim to increase students’ ability to learn the language of the nation, develop critical thinking skills, foster creativity, and make them more responsible citizens. Furthermore, the government plans to strengthen social awareness and emphasize environmental issues.
One of the most important measures in improving the quality of education in the Philippines is to increase spending on basic education and expand the Alternative Learning System (ALS). These programs aim to make education more relevant, provide access to high-quality education for all and help students improve their critical thinking skills. Ultimately, the government aims to create a “second chance” for Filipinos to finish their basic education.