If you are age 20 and you decide to go abroad to work, would you rather be a high school graduate at age 20 or a college graduate? Oh yes you must have invested 4 more years in elementary and high school, but you have a lot of explaining to do why you still have not finished college at age 20.
Filipinos who graduated high school in Philippines excel from among college freshmen in international schools in US and Europe. There is nothing wrong with the number of years in elementary and high school, except the pressure of those private schools who supported Aquino during the campaign that wants to extend their sucking business for more years.
I am an average finisher of a 6 year public school elementary and four year high school. There is nothing wrong with me. But there is something wrong with the quality of high school graduates now, I am a lot better than most of them when I was at their age. There is nothing wrong with the curriculum and the length of time in school. But there must be degradation in quality of education that the schools provide.