Inquirer- Continuing the Education Revolution

By Butch Hernandez
October 25th, 2013

Republic Act No. 10533, or the K to 12 Law, was signed early this year. With it, the Education Revolution moved into the arena of global benchmarks and internationally recognized quality frameworks.

Just last week, the Philippine Business Education (PBEd) gathered education stakeholders to a forum aptly called “Continuing the Education Revolution,” precisely to discuss this development.

In his lecture at that forum, PBEd’s Dr. Edilberto de Jesus recounted the long and arduous road to K to 12. During his term as education secretary, De Jesus was the first to introduce the idea of a 12-year basic education cycle through the Bridge Program. Although unceremoniously scrapped even before the idea had taken root, the Bridge Program nevertheless underscored the inadequacy of the 10-year cycle.

The Education Revolution was formally launched by the Eggie Apostol Foundation (EAF) in 2002 to spur stronger and more sustained community involvement in improving the quality of basic education. Eggie Apostol’s People-Power-inspired engagement strategy drew strength from the fact that education is a public value. Thus, education stakeholders invariably tended to react very positively to calls for meaningful change in the education system.

But marshaling that sense of commitment has repeatedly proved easier said than done.

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