CHED sets 5-year spread for 5 courses

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)


My Take:

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.

5 Responses to “CHED sets 5-year spread for 5 courses”

  1. konstantingalvez Says:

    Hey man,

    No disrespect, but have you read the whole story regarding the additional year for the said courses?

    The major role of the scheme is to allow the country (graduates) to conform to international agreements like the Bologna and Washington Accords.

    Meaning– education, in the international standards, should be at least 15 years. That is why.

    In terms of financial burden, the five-year program would not be as expensive as you think. It might even be much cheaper since the curriculum would be distributed accordingly. Giving more quality to the education that you know.

    The only downside for the program is time. But time is against us. We have no choice but to start now. If not now? when will we conform to the international standards?

    Otherwise, most of our nurses, engineers, and architect would be just another employee in the international market. If you have noticed, companies are now looking to this things….

    Please be guided accordingly and do not react on things that you don’t know.

    hi konstantin,

    its okay. 🙂

    ive read about it.

    and that’s the reason why i am fuming about this. education in international standards… that’s the new catchphrase the government is using now. another make-up remarks to hide the fact that they are commercializing our education.

    well, i will assume that you have knowledge about this. i will assume you have read the Education Act, the numerous CHED memos on tuition fee increases, the number of education institutions corporate plan, the short-term philippine educational plan, etc.. all directing our educational system to the pathway of commercialization, liberalization and privatization. in layman’s term, schemes to add profit to the pocket of the few.

    standard-wise, we have produced the very best mind, and arms of the global workforce, despite of the current rotting educational system we have. and that points to the fact that we Pinoys has the ability to excel. The world is a witness to that.

    the only problem is this… the very government who runs our educational system is corrupt. and corruption stalls our educational system. do you realize what the government is doing right now? they are implementing numerous budgetary cuts to state-subsidized colleges and universities. and that’s the reason why our UP is falling behind the ranks of educational institutions in Asia.

    they are closing down hundreds of state colleges by merging it to big state universities. their plan is to have one state university in the country. and the reason behind that is budgetary cuts. they always cut the education budget in order to save some for their pocket. for their polls portfolio. for their personal rotting corrupt agenda.

    you see, its not the standard that is problematic, man. its the system. the corrupt system.

    and now, that system, being threatened by the global financial crisis, wants to get its money directly from the pocket of the struggling family who wishes to send their kids to schools and be the hope of their family in the future.

    on “just be another employee in the international market”. Yan ang kalakaran ngayon konstanin. in the global market, the philippines only task is to create skilled and docile workforce. our country is being held hostage by corruption and the “globalization” scheme.

    the APEC, the WTO, the ADB, the WB and the IMF tells us one thing. commercialize, liberalize and privatize. which lead us to the basic point. the international capitalists are moulding our educational system now. you know why? because soon after, they will be putting up their schools here.

    and that, konstantin, is un-cons-ti-tu-tio-nal.

    now.. do i hear that cha-cha call again?

    i know what im saying konstantin.

    Barangay RP

  2. J. Says:

    Increasing the length of some courses to five years is not a good idea, since it will increase the cost of obtaining a degree by 25%. This, therefore, will just make college unaffordable to many people and obviously will just benefit the schools’ stockholders and board of directors.

    The CHED should start answering these questions: How come we have schools — AIM, AdMU, DLSU, UP-Diliman, and UP-Los Banos — that are internationally recognized even if they do not conform to this so-called “global standard”? How come we have produced countless professionals — UERM dental grads, UST medical and nursing grads, Mapua engineering grads, etc. — who are working for global companies, businesses, companies, and health organizations in the past? How come there are several graduates of Philippine universities who managed to take advanced courses or degrees in prestigious institutions like Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, etc.? How come the engineering course in the U.S. is just a four-year course?

    If CHED really wants to improve (or bring back) the educational standard of Philippine colleges and universities, they should put the teaching profession to its rightful place in our society by increasing teachers’ salaries to be at par with doctors and lawyers… or at least higher than the salaries of the Call Center reps. Bottom line here is make the teaching profession the most sought-after profession!

  3. melisa Says:

    It is all right to conform to international standards, but I also don’t think it is reasonable to increase the length of some courses.

    I think the curriculum used in a certain course should just be reviewed again and see which subjects don’t really count in the real job world. Then replace these subjects with those that are really needed and can satisfy so-called international standards.

    To improve the quality of education in the Philippines, I believe that some schools, colleges and universities should stop treating the education field as a gold prospect where you only care about your own pocket, but an opportunity and a responsibility to improve social welfare. But then, of course, each to his own, we always have varying opinions.

  4. kimzly!! Says:

    UHMMMM…… I’m just curios about certain konstantinggalvez,, comment..
    i just want to ask you about our need to conform on the agreements like bologna and washington accord??
    ——What does it mean????

  5. Ramon B Says:

    One thing I don’t understand. I have a nephew graduating in BSNursing this coming year. Does he needed to get another year to comply with this 5 year course implemented by the CHED?

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