THE government aimed to have no shortages in schools by the end of 2013. We’re now halfway through 2014, and the shortage is now more apparent than ever.
Take for example, the incident of 772 kindergarten students in Kapitan Tomas Elementary School being given to a single teacher. To solve it, they had to pull out teachers from Grade 1 and put them into kindergarten classes, not to mention the fact that Grade 1 classes also had to have their class sizes increased due to the cutting of the number of teachers to handle them.
What about classrooms, books, tables and whatnot? The government hailed the K+12 program as a way of producing graduates equipped with skills to make it in the global labor market, however, it seems that they missed out on making the local facilities world-class as well.
Statistics can prove one point, but they can never overtake what we see with our own eyes. The poor quality of facilities and sight of children packed like sardines in a classroom are constant reminders that we are still missing a lot in addressing the needs of the academe.
The shortages were bad enough in the previous years, but with the K+12 adding three more years of schooling, this means the need for more books, classrooms and teachers. With the massive backlog the country is already facing and how slow it is taking to catch up to it, how long will it take before we are finally ready? Will we ever truly be ready for the K+12 program, or will the country’s education sector collapse under the weight of their ambition?