No need for 5-yr college courses
‘What we want is quality education’
MANILA, Philippines — There is no need to extend all college undergraduate courses from four years to five years, contrary to a proposal from the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s adviser for education said.
“Education is not just going to school… Education is acquired elsewhere, not only [with]in the four walls of the classroom. What we want is quality education, and that is what the President is concentrating on,” Presidential Assistant for Education Mona Valisno said at a news conference in Malacañang Tuesday.
Valisno said there is also no need to add another two years to the current 10-year basic education regimen — six years of elementary and four years of high school.
Valisno said the final report of the Presidential Task Force on Education, which was submitted to the Cabinet last year and approved by Arroyo, did not recommend adding another year to baccalaureate programs.
She said the three five-year courses – engineering, accountancy, and architecture — are enough.
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