Educating the young
Most Filipino families now pin their hopes on their children’s education. This was Rizal’s admonition about what Filipinos should become—educated. Indeed, there is something in education that equips people with weapons necessary in battling with poverty and ignorance. Our people came of age when they realized the value of education whereas before, children were just viewed as manpower that should help the family.
Somehow, our children now enjoy their rights to education, at least with the moral support of their parents. If they still fail to make it to schools, it is only because of their parents’ financial constraints, not the latter’s disapproval of their studies. For the poor but deserving students, a lot of scholarships are available. It’s just a matter of applying for these scholarships. They can study in schools of their choice, even in exclusive schools, with the help of scholarship grants.
A good number of young people successfully hurdle college education despite the obstacles of poverty and want nowadays. This is an indication of their determination. This brings us to another grave concern, and that’s the absence of employment opportunities. Schools turn out graduates every year who just end up jobless sometimes for life. Jobs are just so limited and scarce.
But schools are also aware of this. Knowing that many of their graduates merely join the unemployed, these schools had come up with curriculums that prepare their graduates for overseas jobs. This explains why many of our talented graduates are flocking to foreign shores where employments are for sure and the salaries are high.
No matter how educational system works in the lives of our young generation, it is for us as stakeholders to evaluate their education. Constant monitoring of educative processes and results should become part of our routines knowing that how education goes in our country will affect our collective lives, not just now but also in the future.
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