Reaction on Additional 2 Years on Basic Education

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Tomas Claudio Memorial College
Morong, Rizal
Graduate Studies

Course Description: Education 205 (Law and the School)
Graduate Student: Jeffrey C. Erni
Graduate Professor: Maria P. Ansay-Barrameda, Ph.D.
Reaction Paper Title: “Central Luzon teachers oppose
additional 2 years in basic education” – Manila Bulletin

A. Summary

Relative to the Aquino administration’s proposition of additional two (2) year to basic education, public school teachers in Central Luzon expressed their opposition.

“We still lack the basic needs like classrooms and teachers, which are indeed a must” this was according to Dr. Simeona Borela Emata, President of the Association of School Principals in Central Luzon (ASPCL) in her personal opposition to the Aquino government’s plan of adding two (2) more years to basic education.

Dr. Emata proposed instead the revival of the defunct “Bridge Program” of DECS, a one-year program given for those who failed in elementary which according to him was suddenly stopped for unknown reason. The said program (Bridge) is “more practical than the additional two years being proposed today by the government” he said. Their opposition came analyzing that this would be an additional burden on the parents and students. Suggestions were given instead, which included an increased education budget, supplies and equipment and others. However, according to then Secretary Butch Abad, the government is not in a hurry to implement the said program as “this should be first studied thoroughly”.

B. Critique
The Central Luzon teachers’ opposition to the new program is somewhat overacting for me. At far, this was just a proposition and needs to be studied further, as said by the then Secretary Abad.

But then, the material I’ve read has some strong points to cite. It was able to show; in figures (2,205 classrooms for public elementary and...
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