By: Elena Grace Flores
Degree in Education
Outgoing VP Leni Robredo took up her degree in Law from the University of Nueva Caceres in 1990. This is after graduating from the UP School of Economics. She graduated on March 21, 1992. That is clear-cut knowing the education system of the Philippines. Meanwhile, Bongbong Marcos studied in the UK. In the ’70s the country has not adapted to the international standard yet. But he was admitted to Oxford. The school for the best students ins the UK. Despite being a foreigner there. Then he successfully got the Special Diploma qualification. Education-wise, his achievement is above average.
Why Special Diploma?
Foreign studies in the UK likely opt for a special diploma. That leads to a graduate degree to save time. This means that the bachelor’s degree academic requirements are taken in just two years. They are compressed from the 3-year course. One must be a qualified bright student to be able to do this. In Marcos’ case, he took up Social Studies where Social Science is highlighted. This is necessary for his Political Science agenda as a politician. He did not finish his Graduate Coursework in Business Administration at Wharton because he won as Vice Governor in Ilocos Norte.
Special Diploma is Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree
Oxford’s special diploma is not a vocational degree. In fact, academically, it is equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree. Especially during Marcos’ time. At least at this prestigious university. Now, it is taught at a graduate level. So, it is a bit complicated to compare apples with oranges in education. Although, the character and speech show it all. Therefore, watch what they say.