Many of us are products of the government’s education system. Based on first-hand experiences and outsiders’ perspectives, we can all agree that even though a few idealists have the public’s best interest at heart, some institutions still fail in delivering the quality education Filipinos deserve.
Here’s a shortlist to how state universities can improve.
1. Develop an urgent need to improve
Unlike their private counterparts, state universities (state U’s) are funded by the government directly. Private universities treat the education of their students as a business so they try their best to innovate and improve as much as possible. Quality education = happy students = more students = more revenue.
State U’s don’t think this way (which is good, but for the most part, is bad). To the state U, the supply of students is unending, and there will always be a demand for the meager education they can offer. Why even bother, right?
The school administrators, and all concerned parties must develop an urgent need to improve. Not necessarily because of fear of declining students, but because of the sense of responsibility, empowerment, and justice. State U’s must find ways to lower tuition costs and other fees, while improving on infrastructure, facilities, research, and education.
2. Increase compensation for staff and faculty
Have you ever wondered why your Physics professor is teaching you Chemistry and Math at the same time? Or have you wondered how toilet buildings can cost like gold bars? It’s because of low wages.
There is a gap between how much you are paid, and how much you think you should be paid. If the gap is wide enough, complications inevitably arise. The classic examples are the following; first is the hiring of under-qualified faculty, and second is desperation resulting to corrupt practices.
3. Have a heart for the students
The students is the lifeblood of any academic institution, without which, a university can not exist. State U’s usually disregard the students–lost somewhere in the bureaucracy of long lines and appeal letters. If everyone starts to listen to the youth, the youth will be empowered to achieve and live their dreams. Not only is the education is concerned but so are the facilities and the processes which students are subjected to.
The operations management, all the teachers’ concerns and administration woes, is just the means. But to what ends? The students, of course!