Published in Personal Skills on July 22, 2010
As a graduate from both public schools in elementary and tertiary education, I had witnessed the awful plight of educational system in our school. There were few primordial types of equipment for laboratory and broadcasting classes. One book was shared among three students. School facilities such as blackboards, desks, comfort rooms were limited or in vitiated condition. I am writing to you because I want to end this kind of scenario. I hope that through this medium we will provide more learning opportunities to Filipinos by helping us to have an enormous budget to education. Perhaps, with a huge budget we can provide more scholarships to meager students. Scholarship grants should not be limited for four-year courses but also for vocational and short-termed courses so students who could not afford long-term schooling have alternative. We should also provide free learning centers for street children who do not go to school to educate them about basic education and values. Increasing and improving school facilities is a good way to foster a conducive atmosphere for studying. Elementary and secondary education should be for free and must be a mandatory obligation for the government. I have also observed that the courses offered in various universities were not suitable to the current needs of our country. We must then, improve the curriculum by updating the courses in college to fit the needs of our country in order to prevent jobs mismatched. Furthermore, we must not forget the plight of teachers too. Teachers’ wage and benefits both in public and private schools should increase so that they will be able to live decently. There should be law to protect the welfare of the teachers so they will not be able to go to other country to work.
Short-notice tuition hike in public and private schools should be avoided. There should always be consultation among parents and students. Education should be accessible for everyone. It is the right of every child not a privilege of very few people. If we ruled out the condition of underprivileged children it is as good as saying that we want crimes to happen. Youths are the future of the country so we should do everything to educate them for the betterment of the society. For in the end, they will become the manpower of the next generation if we already reached our ripe old age.
I hope more Filipinos will be able to go to schools and not be seen cluttering on the streets pushing their carts.
Thank you very much for your spending some of your time reading my pleas. Together I know we can make a difference.