In his MINI CRITIQUE column that appears in The Philippine Star, October 14, 2010, Isagani Cruz summarized the following pros and cons on the K+12 debate:
The PROS (which is basically the side of the government, well-heeled and articulate leaders from the academe, the business community and the media):
- “Enhancing the quality of basic education in the Philippines is urgent and critical.”
- “The poor quality of basic education is reflected in the low achievement scores of Filipino students. One reason is that students do not get adequate instructional time or time on task.”
- International test results consistently show Filipino students lagging way behind practically everybody else in the world. In the 2008 mathematics exam, for example, we came in dead last.
- “The congested curriculum partly explains the present state of education.” Twelve years of content are crammed into ten years.
- “This quality of education is reflected in the inadequate preparation…
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