The implementation of K-12 curriculum in the country drew negative reactions from various societal groups. Since 2011, critics have been very vocal on their primary concerns. They insist the government isn’t yet ready for this new system and that this is more of additional burden to students and their parents.
Despite calls to suspend the program, the government remained firm saying this new educational system offers opportunities for Filipino students and the national economy.
For its part, the Department of Education (DepEd) stresses that the country is prepared for a big shift in education system. In fact, it has worked to fulfill the gaps on the number of classrooms, teachers, and textbooks. Also, it has finished the planning phases along with stakeholders.
But what does K-12 scheme really has to offer to students?
To prove that K-12 system is more than just adding two more years to high school, below are three of the many practical benefits of schooling under a 13-year education cycle:
- Preparedness for tertiary learning – With adaptation of K-12 scheme, students are expected to graduate at age a bit older than past graduates’. This is an advantage, according to DepEd, as graduates will be considered young adults. Hence, they will be more equipped to deal with much higher level of learning as they enter college education.
- Readiness to join the workforce – Unlike the old system, K-12 does not compel each student to take college after completing Senior High School (SHS). In fact, this scheme empowers students to make a choice on their own. They may not pursue college education especially if they have chosen a track other than academic track. The good thing is SHS graduates will be equipped with skills (through electives) that will make them good at certain field(s).
- Skill competency in the global job market – K-12 system aims to improve Filipino students’ mathematical, scientific, and linguistic competence. With the new curriculum, DepEd promised to offer higher quality education through tracks. Each track will give students enough time to master a field and enhance their skills. In the end, K-12 graduates will become globally competitive and are set to obtain spot in the stiff labor market.
The government believes that K to 12 curriculum in the Philippines will put Filipino students at par with the rest of the world. Truly, investing in education is the key toward reaching national growth and development.
Critics have always looked on to parents as the primary victims of the K-12 education system. Given the additional two years in high school, they insist that this program will bring no good and only additional financial burden for poor Filipino families.
Do you agree with this remark? Do you also worry about the costs of the new education system of your child? Forget all your economic troubles and take time to know K-12 fully.
Benefits to Enjoy
Twelve years of basic education is an international standard. With the new K-12 program, Filipino students are at the same league with the rest of the world.
Below are some of the rewards parents can get from the K-12 scheme:
K-12 program in public school is affordable.
Due to subsidies given by the government, the new program offers primary and secondary education in public schools at no cost. In private schools, DepEd approves and regulates tuition and other school fees.
K-12 offers a learner-centered curriculum.
With a student-centered curriculum, students will take a more active role in the learning process. They can choose what they will learn, how they will learn, and how they will evaluate their own learning. In senior high school, students can select the field they want to master. In addition, teachers can use the students’ mother tongue as a medium of instruction during the early years of their primary education (from Kinder to Grade 3). Not only will this make learning enjoyable and easy for students; it will also help address parents’ and families’ diverse needs, especially those with special cases and others that come from indigenous groups.
K-12 fosters gainful employment and entrepreneurship.
Unlike the previous education system where parents need to wait until their children graduate from college or are 18 years old to work, the additional two years in the K-12 program will prepare students for both employment and entrepreneurship. Graduates of the new system can instantly get a job after getting certificates and passing TESDA’s competency-based assessment. They may likewise choose to set up their own business or continue further education in college. All these options will help make every child competent, skilled, and highly employable.
Clearly, the new K-12 system in the Philippines is not just about a stretched curriculum and an additional financial stress on the parents. It targets and enhances children’s progress and future, too.
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