Friday, March 23, 2007

NCAE results show DepEd’s inability to address education crisis

We express our disappointment not only on the results of the recent National Career Assessment Exam (NCAE), but also on the attitude the Department of Education towards the result.

It is an irony for us that the Department of Education seems happy and satisfied of the results, instead of showing dismay and regret in its recent statements. It even applauds the results and pats its shoulder for doing a job well done in creating voc-tech skilled students with low scholastic capability.

We find the Department of Education’s effort to discourage students to go to teriary education odd if not deplorable. Instead of vowing to improve the quality of basic and secondary education to make sure that the students become prepared for whatever path they would want to take in life, the DepEd imposes upon the students to ‘appreciate alternatives to the college diploma’ and take the voc-tech path.

It is not the government and the DepEd’s job to dictate to us what jobs or career paths to take based on a simple exam result. Rather, the DepEd should provide our students, through basic and secondary education, the basic knowledge and skills to prepare them for whatever life choices they would like to take.

The Department may even be considered violating important provisions of Batas Pambansa 232, stating that no one should dare mess with students’ rights to choose their college specification preferences.

It is clear that this step is in blind adherence to recommendations of IMF-WB and ADB, that our role in the global market is to provide “cheap semi-skilled laborers.” Given the record of this government in its puppetry and blind worship of foreign, pro-globalization dictates, we will not be surprised if the exam results were twisted and/or tampered to support these recommendations.

The students, with the support of our teachers, school administration, and parents, will strongly oppose the proposal to make the NCAE mandatory. We are confident that the sentiments of most parents, teachers and high school students nationwide are with us.

There is indeed a “job mismatch,” when a government department which is supposed to provide us with quality education, chooses to play the role of Madam Auring and predicts for us that it is for us to quit college studies for we might miserably fail.

We ask the DepEd, when we allot very little budget for education, when we allow textbooks to be riddled with errors, when we allow oversized classrooms and underpaid teachers to be a norm in our education system, whose fault is it in the first place?

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At 11:09 AM, Blogger Matt said...

This blog is absolutely right. But we should also look at the bright side.

This exam will show how much a student learned during his/her high school years. And this exam will also tell us if they are qualified for college.

Unfortunately, this year most students are not qualified.

I took the exam this year too. I am going to tell you that the test was a BIG JOKE.

The easiest test i have ever took.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger vencer said...

Thanks for visiting Matt.

The DepEd plan after 2 years (via legislation) is to make the test a requirement in applying for college.

This raises the question of necessity because we already have college entrance exams.

It would have been a different if the DepEd was to use this exam as a gauge of its performance in addressing the education crisis.

But on the contrary, the DepEd blamed the results on the students, as if it is destiny itself which doomed majority of the students into voc-tech courses. No mention of education reforms, no mention of the education system's weaknesses.

The real intention becomes clear: pushing for semi-skilled (voc-tech) laborers to please the 'world market' and the recommendations of the big foreign banks.

Read this:

Jump to the 'Millennium Curriculum' part of the discussion. You will learn of the ADB recommendations under Phil Education Sector Study (PESS).

I couldn't find a link to the free text, but it clearly pushes for 1) streamlining education, cutting spending; 2) semi-skilled labor as role in the global market.

These foreign recommendations were blindly followed by the DepEd then as it is also doing so now.

Wondering why they're keeping educ spending at the minimum? Why tuition increases are encouraged?

Our government's blind obedience to foreign dictates is definitely messing things up for our educ system.

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous igorota said...

should we not see NCAE as assessment both on the part of the students in DepEd? it is a great thing to measure how much knowledge did the students were able to internalize and how effective the education system was

At 1:31 AM, Blogger vencer said...

We already have aptitude exams for that. NSAT, NEAT, etc.

Clearly, the NCAE's objective is not to evaluate the quality of the current educational system but to discourage students from going to college and go voch-tech.

At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the ncae will motivate the students to study harder because if they will not, they will surely be categorized in th tech-voc courses...but if you have read the back of the paper of the result of your ncae, you will see that in the categories it is of mixed 4-year courses and tech-voc...there is also no passing or failing just analyzes our strengths and weaknesses..also many of the students are not aware of the other courses in college...they just only know thosethat are popular and in demand...let us also think about the waste of money if in the long run we feel that we dont fit in in the course we take..

At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm happy with the results of the NCAE.. It's because our school ranked 6th!

At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anu website para mahanap ang ncae results?!heheheh tnx

At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can i ask question?
did the department of education motivate the skills of those young students who enter the college level through Academic Examination such as NCAE?

At 3:54 PM, Anonymous C.J. said...

The NCEE is a worthless standardized test that bars all hope for a student ever getting through college...

Those who fail the NCEE apparently have no choice but to settle for a lousy 2-year course like nursing... or worse: "care-taking" (I personally have no ambition of becoming one of the 3 mil. maids abroad - to join our country's yaya workforce)

It's just another government ploy to separate the "wheat from the chaff" - the academic nerds and "underachievers". Not all of us are excellent test-takers. Not all nerds and smart geeks actually excel/succeed/become productive members of society. Not all valedictorians end up becoming the CEO's of the world's biggest companies.

Everyone deserves a chance.

At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this NCAE is just to encourage students to go for vo-tech courses.

At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

most of us just guess the exam since most of the question there are not yet discussed to us by our teachers.


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