It is a season of unprecedented change for Philippine education, shaped by aggressive reform measures from within, with the full implementation of the new K to 12 system in 2016, and rapidly advancing movements from without, as the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
The five-year period between 2016 and 2021, often referred to as the K to 12 transition, presents significant challenges not just to the basic education sector, but causes a ripple effect on other sectors as well. It is also a once-in-a-generation window of opportunity for the reform of country’s entire education landscape.
Through the development packages initiated by CHED during this period, we can envision a higher education sector able to compete with our ASEAN neighbors–where 48 percent of faculty hold master’s degrees, 20 percent have doctorates, and hundreds of degree programs all over the country meet international standards.
It is a large-scale investment that requires the cooperation of various government agencies, academe, and private stakeholders to ensure that the opportunity does not go to waste.