Why is it that whenever we hear the word ‘government’, there is bound to be a remark or an afterthought involving corruption shortly thereafter? It’s because we are putting all the wrong people into positions of power. It is almost inevitable that the masses’ choice would outweigh the educated people’s choice. Sometimes both choices do not coincide and it is because the masses tend to vote for, not necessarily the wrong candidates, but they do not vote for the people who could do better things for our country. It all goes back to the problem of education. Had these people gone to school they would better understand what these politicians are talking about, they would be able to weigh out each one’s promises and plans of action and make better decisions. So we cannot blame those in position for being corrupt, we are to be blamed because ‘we put them there’. It is our collective votes that put them in position, really. So yes, I think they are directly related, education and the political state of our country.
It all really starts with education, a better one at that. Basically, a better education system would mean a lot of things for the Philippines. It would mean more human capital, more people employed in the formal sector rather than in the informal one which would do much better for our national income. It would also mean a greater number of educated people in the country, which leads to better decisions when it comes to electing leaders for our country. Better leaders implies more progress for the country and so on, I could go on and on about this, really. I just hope in the coming years the administration would prioritize education even more because it really is where we should start if we want greater progress for our country.
Ma. Bianca Ysabelle C. Kit