STARTING school year 2009-2010, engineering, architecture, nursing and accounting will all be a five-year college course under a program that seeks to place the country’s educational system at par with global standards.
Commission on Higher Education chairman Emmanuel Angeles, concurrent vice chair of the Presidential Task Force on Education (PTFE) said the retooling of the said courses is part of the “New Philippine Education Highway” program submitted to President Arroyo last month.
Angeles said the move formalizes the prevailing situation where students enrolled in the said courses take almost five years to complete them. The revised curriculum will also allow the country to conform to international agreements like the Bologna and Washington Accords which set the standards for such courses.
Presidential Adviser for Education Mona Valisno earlier said five years would do more to improve the Filipino graduates’ competitiveness vis-a-vis their counterparts in the international labor market.
“Despite the competent and hardworking abilities of Filipino professionals, many are not able to land good jobs or the jobs their degree requires because their credentials are based on a 10-year basic education program, which is not recognized globally,” Valisno said.
Citing international reports, Valisno said only professionals from schools like the Asian Institute of Management, Ateneo, De La Salle and UP Diliman, Manila, and Los Banos are internationally recognized.
Angeles said the PTFE has also recommended the adoption of 10+2+3 formula in reforming the country’s education system which translates to 10 years in elementary and secondary school, two years for pre-university, and three years for a baccalaureate degree.
CHED said all five-year degree courses that require passing the Professional Regulation Commission’s licensure exams – accountancy, architecture, education, nursing, engineering, occupational therapy, physical therapy and pharmacy – will be covered by the 10+2+3 scheme.
Angeles claimed completing the course under the revised curriculum would be cheaper, contrary to belief that the additional one year would entail additional expenses, will give students more time to study, and make them globally competitive.
Under the current 10-year basic education setup, he said college graduates we consider professionals here are only rated as technicians when they work overseas. – Ashzel Hachero(Malaya)
What the heck!
We produced bright teachers and rsourceful nurses in the past for a four-year course only. And now, they wanted to add a year!
This is obvious, CHED Commissioners and other powers-that-be who owns nursing school wants to rake in more money.
I think GMA has a hand on this. CHED is under her office.