Home-schooling a band-aid solution—lawmakers


Two congressmen have questioned the effectiveness of the home-schooling program being implemented in Quezon City for high school students.

While the program may address the perennial problem of overcrowding in schools, it does not offer a permanent solution to the lack of classrooms or school buildings, according to Kabataan party-list Representative Raymond Palatino.

“It’s like a band-aid or artificial solution to the problem of lack of classrooms. It’s like we’re just hiding the problem,” Palatino said in a press briefing.

The home study program, which has been expanded this year, is being implemented in six Quezon City high schools. It targets about 20 percent of students, he added.

Under the program, home-schooled students follow the same curriculum as their fellow students in the same grade level but their studies are done at home. They report to school only on Saturdays.

Palatino, however, noted that parents have complained about the program because if both of them are working, nobody would be left at home to look after their child.

“How will they guide the child’s studies?” he said.

He also observed that students who need to repeat a grade level have also been included in the program.

Another problem with the program is that home-schooled students have been advised to use the Internet or the library for research but not all of them have access to these, Palatino added.

For his part, ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said that the home study program was supposed to be used only in special cases like if a student has a lingering illness or a busy show-biz career.

“It’s merely for exceptional cases but the problem is it is being applied on a mass scale,” Tinio said.

According to him, when it is applied to many students, the home study program is not an appropriate way of providing a high school education.

Quezon City school officials earlier attested to the success of the program, saying that home-schooled students have done well in the National Achievement Test over the past years. They have also been able to finish college and get jobs, they said.

Both congressmen, however, said that the government needed to allocate more funds for education, especially if it wants to see the success of its K-12 program, which would add two more years to the school curriculum.

Palatino noted that similar programs in other countries were successful because the other elements required for an effective learning system were present, such as access to education and adequate resources.

But in the Philippines, not all children have access to education and there is a poor learning environment due to the lack of classrooms and textbooks, he added.

“Many students find it hard to reach Grade 6 and now we will add two more years. The additional two years will be torture to students and teachers,” he said.

Palatino said the government’s commitment to funding the education program would be crucial for its success.

Tinio, meanwhile, predicted that the implementation of the

K-12 program would worsen the crisis in education.

“Due to the failure of the Aquino administration to provide adequate funding in the 2012 national budget, the existing shortages in the basic education system will be aggravated by the unmet requirements of K to 12, particularly its kindergarten component,” he said.

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  • Hey_Dudes

    If only government officials through the years have curtailed spending limited money resources on frivolous things like worldwide junketing perfected by the corrupt former leader GMA, hoisting worldwide events if only to attempt keeping up with the Joneses of this world, classroom shortages should not have been an issue.  These thick face politicians spent billion and millions of pesos on their trips in disguise of fact finding missions, conferences, summits etc. etc.  GMA even attended summit meeting on nuclear proliferation when the country doesn’t even have one?  They claim the future of the country lies in the youth.  Yet, knowing this, they didn’t prioritize education and building more school rooms  if they were sincere in serving the people.  Nakakahiya kayo.

  • pedronimo

    There is no substitutes to a human teacher. The internet and the computer with all their modern tech abilities can’t replace the presence and the natural impact of a person-to-person situation. The Ateneo HS was one of the first schools to install television in classrooms. The idea was found effective and the school dropped the scheme, Sure one teacher can handle hundreds if not thousands of students, but these students couldn;t even ask questions from the teacher and the teacher himself is bored because he didn';t even know if his students were listening or not.

    • KitchenButter

      Homeschooling is not just all about interacting with a computer, homeschooled kids are taught by their mothers (supervised by their moms to use computers). Parents can also hire tutors and teachers for subjects they feel are beyond their teaching skills. Homeschooled kids are NOT anti-social or hermits glued to machines, they have playdates and more time for other human interactions through sport activities, day trips and visit to museums. More activities than they could ever have at a regular school.

      • pedronimo

        Then what need there is for schools if this “homeschooling” is perfect in indeed?Yes, kids can learn from home but they will never be educated.

      • KitchenButter

        so you define education solely based on gaining a diploma? Learning is more than that. In fact, a good part of our education is greatly influence by our home lives. Kids can be educated and raised well at home as equally as they can be molded into productive citizens at school

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVANQHP6VJ2MSGAJB46GUUNISE Jozz

    Better to have home schooling than magpalaboy-laboy. The concerned congressmen should look at it in a positive light rather than in the negative. If the reason is lack of schoolrooms, then maybe they can have their pork barrels used to build many more. One does not solve a problem by simply talking and doing nothing especially if it is in one’s power to help.

  • KitchenButter

    Representative Raymond Palatino and party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio are obviously out of touch with the state of Homeschooling in the Philippines. Why are these Politicians giving homeschooling a bad rap? Pinoy Moms DO NOT VOTE for these clowns in the next election!

    Madami ng parents particularly in working pinoy families trying their hand at homeschooling. Homeschooling is not a band-aid, it is a feasible solution for the DepEd’s lack of facilities and public schools in the provinces. Spare the average pinoy child the 5 kilometer walk to the nearest public school, if a form of community ‘Homeschooling’ can be established within the villages they live in, kids would be in a much safer educational environment.

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  • http://twitter.com/bikoy Victor Villanueva

    Tacky excuse of the government to the lack of classrooms. Di kasya mga estudyante? Pauwiin na lang sa bahay!

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