ME: If you listened to the video on the public reaction to DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro’s Enhanced K+12 basic education program announcement, you’d find a couple of holes (actually there’s more) in his argument. I’ll start with two at this point because I don’t want to overload my peewee bird brain: No. 1, “senior graduates will find it easier to find jobs“: Now, that’s a bit of a stretch considering these high school graduates from the proposed K+12 basic education program will have to compete with an oversupply of college graduates who have difficulty finding jobs themselves.
AIF: Exactly. I agree wholeheartedly. Why expect employed graduates if there is just little employment?
ME: So, then, instead of just college graduates competing for jobs, it will be high school graduates PLUS college graduates who will be competing for those jobs.
AIF: Very true. The unemployed, though, will be better educated. That situation, sir, is more explosive.
ME: And some gullible ones thought DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro’s logic was fundamentally sound, but obviously those ducks are not in a row. Unless those jobs will just miraculously materialize to absorb the suddenly larger number of high school and college graduates! Or, we beef up OFW which, according to a press release, is going to downsize or halt the domestic help exports.
AIF: Our OFWs will have better credentials. Imagine those Filipinos with K+12 + college being servants? As a foreign master, I’d prefer them to high school graduates from Sri Lanka. Aha, Pnoy’s program will impact Philippine dignity. Remember a time when Ph.D.s were accepting jobs as drivers? Their degrees did not make them better drivers, nor their work as drivers a credit to their graduate schools.
ME: Anyone with a little common sense can use his ten fingers to figure that… We can really beat this to a pulp. If that’s the intention in the first place, your solution in the ed cycle article would be the most intelligent solution: prepare to do some guidance counseling for those high school students (perhaps, during their sophomore, junior and senior years) who need a vocation to be “employable” that would direct them to appropriate TESDA courses — and mesh this arrangement, perhaps, within the purview of their 4-year high school curriculum, or if that period of time is inadequate, let them sweat it out at TESDA after high school. Then, for those who have the wherewithal, smarts and ambition to duke it out in college, provide them the appropriate counseling, as well, so that they are presented with the options for which they are comfortable with intellectually and financially, as well as where the jobs will potentially be (based on empirical surveys of government and business current and potential job opportunities) when they complete college. Of course, whether it be TESDA or a bona fide college/university education, let’s work on improving or overhauling the teaching and assessment methods and the quality of the teachers. It’s that GIGO thing: GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT, and if we don’t reverse that quickly, no amount of Luistro’s sophomoric homilies will matter.
No. 2, “senior graduates will not have to go to college right away because then they will be more employable“: Aha, I know Luistro’s gonna dumb down and lower the expectations of a lot of high school students/graduates. In the U.S., where jobs are easier to come by, a lot of those high school students/graduates wind up flipping burgers, or as retail clerks at WalMart, etc., and because of the semi-security of earning a weekly paycheck and their normally active hormones, these young ones are emboldened to have sex. And sometimes, unable to curb their enthusiasm, they forget the socio-economic benefits of prophylactics and the girls wind up knocked up so sometimes these folks are forced to start their families prematurely and the thought of a higher education, like college or even community college or vocational school simply moves further and further away from their radar as the responsibilities of raising a family get more and more in the way. I don’t suppose Filipino high school graduates will be any more different…
AIF: No, except they like to multiply even without the security of a weekly paycheck…
ME: With their Catholic faith, the birth rate may even be more significantly affected to exacerbate the Malthusian nightmare! Especially because those bishops are against sex education — helloooo…