Curiosity over Conformity: A Paradigm Shift in the Philippine Education System

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With the Commission on Higher Education’s 2011-2016 roadmap to public higher education reform, state universities and colleges around the country are mandated to comply with all the requirements aimed toward typology, the omission of programs, accreditation, internationalization, meeting the challenges of K to 12 and the widely talked about reform called OBE or outcomes-based education.

The reform on OBE system obliged SUCs to revise their teaching techniques into a more productive approach where learning becomes more result-oriented—contrary to the traditional teacher report system where students are just slumped in their seats, listening to their instructor’s lessons taken from the pages of antiquated books, which the students memorize over and over again as it, according to their professor, shall come out in their midterm and final exams. The same scenario goes on and on until students grow tired of remembering innumerable facts they were made to believe were actually useful as they move on to life after college. However, how certain are we that with this traditional learning system, students would undoubtedly remember all these ‘knowledge’ instilled in them as they graduate? Wouldn’t it be more worth remembering if somehow, sometime during their class discussions, students were actually taught how to apply all these things in real life? That was when the idea of OBE surfaced.

It was with CHED Memorandum Order 46, series of 2012 called “Policy Standard to Enhance Quality Assurance in Philippine Higher Education through an Outcomes-Based and Typology-Based QA” that SUCs in the country started to adopt the system.

With this curriculum, students are triggered to think, rather than to just listen; to innovate rather than imitate; and to question rather than to just conform.

Students get a clearer understanding of the subject matter as they are given the liberty to interpret what they learned into something tangible, hence their creative juices overflow and this is how innovations are made. Further, not only will it unleash the geniuses within the students, but will more importantly train them to express themselves.

If the idea of traditional education is to basically create robots implanted with the same brains to conform to a society whose knowledge is limited to what is already known to the present day generation, OBE seeks to dig treasures out of students’ brains and welcome new knowledge and innovations. This is how scientists and inventors are made—original and not patterned from its predecessors.

OBE is but one of the many initiatives undertaken by the commission to meet the demands of the K to 12 as it, like a domino effect, will result to a more challenging learning experience for both learners and teachers.

About Amanda Jean

Amanda Jean is a 21 year-old Public Relations writer for a university in Zamboanga City.