K-12 Education in the Philippines

Basically there is nothing wrong with adding two years in any educational system, but when we talk about our country, the Philippines, which by the way is a Struggling Third World Conservative Democracy, we cannot disregard the fiscal aftermath of permitting these kinds of changes to the educational system of the country.

I have wrapped the various reasons why it would be problematic for the Philippines into one argument:


In every activity, there always is a financial value being entailed. I would like to discuss this issue in two levels:

On the side of the government

The state has a commensurate role to protect and preserve the values of its sovereign members more than that, the state also has the commensurate role to uphold social services and basic necessities of its citizens, and a good educational system is one of those services.

It is clear in status quo however, that the state has not yet fulfilled the country that basic necessity. There is a large lacking of classrooms, useable furniture and equipment, qualified teachers, and textbooks.

If we pursue the additional 2 years in basic education, there would be a need for a bigger number of classrooms, furniture, teachers, and textbooks. We will just be adding more problems to the already increasingly problematic educational system of the country.

To quote editor of The Philippine Star, “we need to have better education, not more education.”

On the side of the society

Parents and guardians all over the country are already shelling out a lot of money to support the education of their children: tuition and miscellaneous fees, everyday transportation charges, and daily baon.

If we pursue the education revamp proposal, parents will have to shell out more money for the education of their children. This will be very problematic for the general society.

And what if the parents cannot afford anymore the increasing finances of their children at school? Then they would have to drop their kids out of school. The dropping rates would increase. Companies do not accept dropped out children, they would want their employees to be degree holders. Hitherto, unemployment rates would rise simultaneously,

Basically, the end-all and be-all of an educational revamp in a third world struggling democracy, would spell out disaster.


School Chairs at Sarangani Province

©NJ Villafuerte


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