The Need for Masteral Degrees
I am glad that President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte had a change of heart about the K to 12 curriculum. At first seemingly opposed to it, he reconsidered his position when the regional directors of the Department of Education in the Davao region explained to him the value of adding two more years to our pre-university education so that our knowledge workers in the future will be competitive with their peers in the East Asian region where pre-university training can last anywhere from 12 to 14 years, compared to our 10 years before the introduction of the K to 12 curriculum. Although I would like to see more of our high school graduates choosing the blue-collar jobs that are going to be in great demand as we finally are able to launch an authentic agro-industrialization program (plumbers, electricians, carpenters, butchers, electro-mechanical workers, farm entrepreneurs, etc.), we will need an increasing number of well-prepared knowledge workers (engineers, physicists, chemists, IT professionals, medical doctors, educators, lawyers, accountants, etc.) if we are to graduate from middle-income to first world status in the coming twenty or more years. In addition to world-class infrastructures and heavy investments in research and development, countries like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore were able to escape the middle-income trap by achieving a quantum leap in the quality of their university graduates.