Why push 5-year college system? Ched asked

Published by rudy Date posted on January 10, 2009

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) has asked the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) to first explain the rationale behind its plan to implement a mandatory five-year college course for all students in the country, before its implementation.

“The rationale for adding another year in college is not clear,” ACT national chairman Antonio Tinio said when asked to comment on the matter by the media.

Tinio said he doubts whether adding another year in college or imposing a mandatory five- year college education will raise the quality of Filipino graduates.

He said the move to increase the current 10 years basic education curriculum (BEC) was even more feasible, considering that the norm in other countries all over the world was a minimum 12 years of BEC.

“The concept for a minimum four-year college course is universal. And the rationale for proposals to implement a 12-year BEC is clear,” Tinio said.

He said the Ched, as well as the Presidential Task Force on Education (PTFE), should explain the plan to add another year to the current four-year tertiary education system and provide concrete data showing that this will improve the competency of Filipino students.

Earlier, Ched Chairman Emmanuel Angeles, who is also the vice chairman of the PTFE, said the government has decided to adopt the “10+2+3” formula in reforming the country’s education system.

Under the formula, the taking up of elementary and high school by students would be a total of 10 years, afterwards they will have to undergo a two-year “pre-university” schooling and then another three years for baccalaureate.

Angeles said this was among the recommendations made by the PTFE to President Arroyo to reform the country’s higher education system.

He said graduates under this system would become more globally competitive and internationally acknowledged.

He further said contrary to the belief that adding one year to the present four-year college system would entail additional expense, the 10+2+3 system would provide for lesser payment of tuition.

Angeles said students as well would have more time to study under the proposed system unlike in the current system. –Jason Faustino, Daily Tribune

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