Education is something that can never be taken away from a person, no matter what the reason is. It’s the only treasure one can possess for a lifetime. Education acts as the backbone of societal progress. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to this. Take the Filipinos for example. Filipino students are undoubtedly intelligent but due to the current problems our education sector is facing, this intelligence is taken for granted.
Basic education in the Philippines has progressed through time and it now includes a curriculum consisting primarily of Math, Science, and English. No wonder many Filipino students are now excelling in different international Math and Science Olympiads. Moreover, many foreign students who want to be proficient in English come to the Philippines for better training. Unfortunately, I am speaking in bias since I have been privileged to study in a private school. What about the public schools?
Although there is no difference in the curriculum, there are many differences in other aspects. Public schools are funded by the government, and the government lacks sufficient funding or should I say the education sector is not at the priority list. Students in public schools are deprived of quality education. The quality of education in Philippine public schools is said to be in a decline. But this decline should not be blamed solely on the government; increase in Filipino population, teaching styles and conditions, learning and studying habits as well as the learning environment of students should also be taken into consideration.
Filipino population has been increasing non-stop over the years. According to the CIA World Factbook, Philippines is now the 12th most populated country in the world. Consider the number of babies being born into this world, growing up to be kids who need to go to school and learn. In relation to government funding, there are not a lot of rooms to accommodate all the children who want to go to school and books are not enough. According to the reports of DepEd for the year 2010, there is an average of 1:36 teacher-student ratio and 1:3 book-student ratios.
The Philippines has a lot of good teachers but since the government cannot provide the right salary for most of them, some choose to leave the country and teach foreign students, leaving Filipino students behind. Hence, the quality of education is put to suffer. The quality of education they should receive is diminished because of the lack of teachers. They have to deal with the tight student ratio plus the jam-packed classrooms which, in my opinion, is inconducive for learning.
However, government and schools are only mediums for learning; they assist in the learning process and provide the necessary learning facilities. Students, themselves, should also have the initiative to learn. Education and learning do not end inside the classroom; students should also motivate themselves to learn outside the classrooms. But due to the developing world of technology, there are a lot of distractions around such as online gaming and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Most students, if not all, whether public or private school students, have access to the Internet. I has occurred to me whether there is something else more educating than these. Fortunately, I have recently encountered 24x7guru.com.ph, an online-based assessment test on Math and Science for students in Grade 3 to 4th year high school. It provides a record on students’ knowledge of Math and Science and how schools and teachers have efficiently taught them. 24x7guru.com.ph is not necessarily an e-learning site but it provides learning; this learning comes after the evaluation. A student can easily say, “I have learned stuff at school today”, but this does not mean that he really learned something. 24x7guru.com.ph assists a student’s personal development in terms of studies. It empowers a student to take the assessment and evaluate where he has gone wrong. It provides the students, parents, teachers, and schools the necessary information on which fields a student or a group of students needs to improve. This way, they will be able to assess how to improve their learning or studying styles for students, and teaching styles for teachers. This will also help parents, in a way that they will have an idea how to give assistance to their children, for instance, does a kid need a tutor or not. Provided all these, the student will be able to apply his/her knowledge and learning in future career plans.
Education does not end within the four corners of a classroom. There are a lot of innovations that can help parents, teachers, and students. Since technology has provided us the Internet, we might as well take advantage of this. One does not have to bury him self with books and literature; he can always have fun while learning. 24x7guru.com.ph has given us this opportunity. However, 24x7guru.com.ph is still in the process of development. It is still on its introductory stage and is only available to schools or students with the purchasing power, unless public schools get sponsorship or funding by the government. If everyone gets the access, then Philippine education will once again be at the progressive state. There is a lot of room for hope now, as education starts to progress, everything will follow.
Rhozette Angeli Perez