Additional year in college

@pmcepe (194)
Philippines
January 30, 2009 4:11am CST
Do you believe that we can improve the quality of our college graduates by adding one year in their schooling? I believe that improvements should start from primary and secondary levels.There may also be the need to improve the curriculum to suit each course. Good teachers help too. During our majoring years (3rd - 5th years) many of us preferred to enroll in evening classes because most teachers were not only academecians but also practising professionals and so they knew what topics were relevant in the job.
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@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
Is the degradation of the quality of graduates an effect of lesser number of years spent in schools? Were those who graduated in the 1970's and up to the 1990's spent more years in school than those who graduated lately? But did the quality of the graduates changed? It's pure illogical to say that additional years will produce higher caliber graduates or more mature persons. As you have stated, there are lots of factors affecting quality education but additional year/s is the least of all. Believe me, I know average students who finished their courses in less than 4 years and yet they proved that they are qualified to get good jobs.
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@pmcepe (194)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
Amen! I think we are of the same league here.
@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
31 Jan 09
Thanks!
@eynjel05 (444)
• Philippines
31 Jan 09
Hi there! With regard to that matter, I do not agree with such proposition that there will be an additional year in college. I think, that is one of the major matters our government is solving today in our country ( philippines ). The last time I watched news on the television, there are students who were not agree of adding an additional year in college for nursing and education students this coming school year. As an education graduate, I dont think, it will be a big help for the govrnment to add an addtional year in college because it will be so difficult for those students that cannot afford in paying such tution fees. I am referring to those students who are working at the same time, they are studying. Ok. The main reason of that proposal by the government is to make sure that each graduate of the said coures will have the knowledge that they should have when they graduate. So is it means that all of those graduate of a four year coures have the limited knowledge because they only taken colege for four years? I dont think so. Its not the years that they should count. It should be in the abilities that each individual have. For me, as a teacher, the only solution to this problem is for each school to have a good teachers so that they can teach students well and there is no need for an additional year.
@pmcepe (194)
• Philippines
31 Jan 09
Hi Ma'am! I do believe that adding another year in the collegiate level will not make a big difference. The better option is to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education.
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
It is not very practical and it won't help improve the quality of education of the students. Rather improve educators and the institution.
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@pmcepe (194)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
Right. Also the schools should be strict in passing students, so that only the really deserving graduate.
@lokiblitz (169)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
Youre right! the improvement should be done on elementary and highschool levels. Its so unfortunate for high school students graduating in the nexy few years.And im sure that they wont be choosing those 5 year courses.I hope the government correct these immediately.
@pmcepe (194)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
The government should do something about the policy of public schools of not flunking pupils, and also about using Filipino as the mediumm of instruction.
@eych24 (56)
• Philippines
7 Feb 09
I don't believe that an additional year will make much of a difference. The fact is, kids play hookey all the time. So what's the point of paying more money if the students will only have more time to cut classes? I agree that the quality of education in the country should be improved but adding an extra year won't be very helpful.
• Philippines
31 Jan 09
Adding one school year to four or five year courses can not guarantee improvement on the quality of education! Full knowledge and relevant skills that a student can acquire during their studies depend on the students, the teachers and the school! Four or five years stay in school can be more than enough to attain high-quality college graduates! What we need to improve is the quality of the teachers/instructors, the curriculum, and the school! But most of all we have to consider the quality of the student himself! Studious and detemined students will definitely have more possibility of becoming high-quality college graduate than those who simply go to school for the sake of getting a finishing a degree or getting a diploma.
@nimnim74 (251)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
I think it not on adding years in school but on having good educators and plus putting a high standard quality education and facilities in every school we have in our country.
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@alto907 (39)
• Philippines
3 Feb 09
i believe that adding one more year in college would just be a burden to parents and students but it will not improve the quality of graduates. i think the problem with our educational system is with the teachers; the quality of teacher teaching not only in the college level but moreso in the elementary and high school level. there are teachers who do not even know how to speak and write straight and gramatically correct english. maybe the government should give harder licensure exams to teachers so that only those who are really qualified and knowledgeable should teach. And the schools, whether public or private should be strict in getting teachers. i hope the palakasan and padrino system in public schools should not prevail over the deserving teachers. Also, the quality of books should be given preference also. i have cousins who study in public schools and have read some of their textbooks. some explanations in the textbooks were not comprehensive and were shortened. if they dont have good teachers to explain it, how will the students learn? well, it seems that both teachers and textbooks are of poor quality. I hope the government should do sometning about it.
@pmcepe (194)
• Philippines
4 Feb 09
We are on the same side of the fence my friend.
@rymebristol (1788)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
i do believe that an additional year should be consider especially on the secondary level since it's the final step to tertiary level. most secondary students had fair marks on the latest National Secondary Achievement Test which shows that students are not well prepared to embark or go to the Tertiary level without the proper knowledge and the skills to keep up with the fast paced environment of college life. also an additional years should be added to certain courses but not entirely all courses should have an added year. the reason for this is to be able to keep up with the world standards of education. let's admit that we are left behind compared to other countries like the United States and some European countries with regards to Information Technology and Medicine and Health care
@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
31 Jan 09
There's no high or low score in NSAT. It only shows what is most suitable course a graduating student should take in tertiary education. But NSAT is useless because no one takes the result seriously. Students take the courses they or their parents want and DepEd and CHED can do nothing about it. This rating system should have been useful if NSAT should be improved and its result should be the primary requirement for any courses a student should take. Anyone who wants to take any course that is not in accordance with the NSAT result should take remedial classes and re-take the exam.
@g3n3j0rd (721)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
Yes, an additional year would be good and would improve the quality of our graduates in terms of academics. Also, another year would make our graduates more mature which is necessary in facing the real world.
• Philippines
31 Jan 09
It won't do a damned thing. Elementary and high schools students are imprisoned in campuses from 7 am to 5 pm but most of them are still f--king dumb. It has to do with the mediocre instructors and the idiots at Deped.
@online_jon (1478)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
Good day to all people online here in this site well this is my response to your topic titled "additional year in college". Well for me that is great but the problem is it depend to the student to study hard or just to be easy in shcool. You know why even though the government will add additional year in college student's will just ignore it, because some student didn't study in school so it means if there will be a 6 years course a student that didn't study will also take 6 or 7 years with out knowledge. And it will cause again a non-employment people and the government will have another problem. A problem regarding money because of that additional year in college. Well all i know is it is only depend to the student in order to finish his/her course in college and to have a job in their feature. Well that is all my response. . . Thank you!
@inuceres (342)
• Philippines
2 Feb 09
additional year of academics is not bad but,..sometimes it affect our daily budgeting of money for tuition and expenses for schooling.... quality of knowledge may get by the person who holds it,.. your those student who want to be success someday,...
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
31 Jan 09
I dont think that having an additional year would actually help the students. The present system of education is really good and I dont think there is any need to change the same in the near future. Twelve years in school are enough for the kids to learn and understand.
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
If they think they could not discuss everything that a student has to know,then another year is really needed.. but best teachers I think is one thing to consider as very important.