Parents are facing the burden of spending two more years for their children’s basic education. Apart from the expenses for tuition and other school fees, there is the larger cost that every parent had to shoulder for the daily needs of their students. We are aware that the cost for food, transportation and school projects are greater than the school fees that parents spend for their children.
The two years in basic education was added on the assumption that it will provide equality among learners in public schools with those in private schools who went through pre-schooling before enrolling in elementary education. Apart from the tuition and other school fees that parents will spend for two years more than the usual ten years, learners will have to spend precious prime time that they could use better in other activities that will enhance their knowledge and skills in various fields.
If time is invaluable, educators should have considered such long time span that learners would be forced to undergo just to comply with the radical change. We cannot imagine teachers inculcating on learners the value of time. It has been a well accepted adage that time is gold and time lost can never be regained. It truly is too tough teaching children how to value time when in the real sense, these very same learners are being forced by way of an experimental educational system.
The clear results of adding two more years is undesirable waste of time, money and efforts on the part of the learners. True education is earned not as a matter of time but on quality instruction duly aided with the learning tools that will make knowledge understandable for effective learning. Two years is simply a burden added to our already overburdened parents who are having difficulties eking out a living for daily needs. We do not want any overload by way of additional cost for basic education.
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