By Peter Wallace
Last Monday, my firm, Wallace Business Forum, held its fourth Quarterly Roundtable (QRT) for the year for our clients who are senior executives of large Filipino companies and multinational corporations. At each of these meetings we conduct a survey. You may find the results interesting.
By Chito B. Salazar
On May 15, 2013, President Aquino signed into law Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013. “Enhanced” is hardly the word as RA 10533, more commonly known as the K-to-12 Law, is arguably the most sweeping and largest-scale reform of the Philippine education system since World War II.
By Christopher Ryan Maboloc
The idea of competition in the Philippine education system embodies the theory of the “selfish gene” as espoused by Richard Dawkins.
Its advocates aver that the main goal of the K-to-12 program is global competitiveness. The inclusion of skills training in the proposed curriculum belies this. It now appears to me that employability is the insidious purpose of K-to-12, on the assumption that high school dropouts need to land a job when they cannot proceed to college. If this is so, why overhaul a good system that has been there for almost a century to accommodate a segment of our student population that cannot enter higher education?
Instead of the additional two “senior high school” years, a 2-year National Baccalaureate Program (NBP), our version of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme should be required of all college- or university-bound students.