It’s Monday once again and a start of a brand new week in our culinary arts class, day 28 was another light duty for us, we made Tocino (Sweet Cured Pork), Atsarang Papaya (Pickled Shreded Papaya) and 2 types of egg frying, the sunny side up and over-easy. The dishes, except the eggs will be cooked and prepared on Thursday, so no photos for this day.
Tocino making is more like a chemical process to me, it involves a lot of mixing and long time of curing (normally 2 days) while the atsara is not new to me, I’ve done this several times in the past, it’s more of a review in my part. With the eggs, I encountered a new way of preparing fried eggs, I only knew of sunny side up & scrambled in the past and I’ve perfected it. The hard thing about the over-easy egg preparation is that you need to keep the yolk in liquid form while forming a crusty yellow outside surface, cooking time was quick and a little sensitive, specially while flipping the egg. Two more egg preparation will be done tomorrow, the over-medium and the over-well (I hope I got it right).
Speaking of eggs, I think DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro deserves to be given 2 eggs for a grade, earlier today, he announced that the department will push through with its plan of adding 2 more years in basic education. Apparently, this is in line with PNoy’s SONA on education, “Mapapalawak natin ang basic education cycle mula sa napakaikling sampung taon tungo sa global standard na labindalawang taon.”
What came to my mind were questions, did this people know the state of education in the Philippines? Or, at least reading the statistics? Have it come to their attention that we lack teachers and classrooms to address the now 10 years of basic education? Do Secretary Luistro know the difference between La Salle (where he came from) and the public schools?
Please, Mr. President (and Mr. Secretary) try to first address the current problems hounding our public school system before adding more problems to it. I agree that we must be globally competitive and there’s no other way to achieve this but to improve our education system. Make our classroom conducive to “education” and not just accommodation, improve the lives of our teachers by giving justice to what they are doing, pay them good wages so that they will not think of leaving the country.
Dr. Jose P. Rizal once said, the children is the future of this nation, invest on them, educate them, don’t burden them.