Inquirer - Improving the Quality of Graduates produced by Higher Education Institutions by reforming Basic Education

by Chito B. Salazar, Ph.D, PBEd President

The business community and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) were alarmed with the poor quality of college graduates that the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have been producing. 

Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) have failed to produce a good number of passers in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) for the past years. The passing rate across disciplines never went beyond 39 percent from 2004 up to 2010. Looking at the result of LET in 2010, around 900 institutions that are responsible for training the teachers on whom the education of our country’s Youth depends did not produce a single passer. Even for the period 2005 to 2009 which had covered 10 LETs, 154 TEIs produced zero licensed teachers.

Inadequate faculty credentials and inadequate facilities are only two of the many identified factors that cause the poor quality of higher education system. Nevertheless, it is believed that just like a domino effect, college graduates are weak mainly because high school graduates are also weak. The problem then boils down to the basic education system. Congruently, board examination results would improve if our basic education system is also improved.

An overview of the problem of basic education system is that many students get through elementary and high school without being really prepared for college. Solutions concerning this have already been discussed-some of which are training the teachers more, filling the resource gaps and increasing the number of years in the basic educational cycle which has already been implemented through K-12.

Source: - Philippine Daily Inquirer (06/25/11)