Right now, one of the most controversial issues in the educational sector of the Philippines is the implementation of the K-12 Basic education program. This program covers Kindergarten, six years of primary education (Grades 1-6), four years of junior high school (Grades 7-10) and the addition of two more years for Senior high school (Grades 11-12). It intends to improve the quality of Filipino high school graduates by giving them ample time to acquire and develop both, basic academic and job-ready skills which would prepare them for higher education and/or employment.
In a country like the Philippines, a program like this may, very well, be just what we need. Let’s face it. Times are changing and our current educational system is just not cutting it.
Especially with the rise of globalization, it is incredibly important that our country is able to adapt to the changes within our environment so as to close the ever-widening gap between the Philippines and the rest of the world. If done right, the implementation of the K-12 Basic education program would be extremely beneficial as it would enable the Philippines and its citizens to be up to par with global standards.In addition, The extra two years would lead to the decongestion of the curriculum, meaning, lessons would not be as rushed and students would be able to achieve mastery of content, all the while, developing the skills and values needed for their future. Aside from this, it would also eliminate the need to take additional licensure and certification exams, particularly, for those Filipinos planning to go abroad, thus opening up more opportunities for both higher education and employment.In theory, the K-12 Basic education program would be a step-up to our country’s current educational system. However, we cannot deny the fact that the Philippines, as of now, lacks the necessary resources to be able to efficiently execute the program. Improvements in various factors, such as the allocation of funds and the standards of education, for example, must be made.
Otherwise, it would only be a waste of time, as it would add to existing problems.Change is never easy. However, I do think that it’s about time that we move forward as a nation and join the rest of the world in improving the quality of our education.
As of March 2018, the very first batch of Senior high school graduates will emerge. Only time will tell for sure if the K-12 program’s implementation would lead to success. Although I do wish that the government would have put in more time for preparation, I guess there’s no stopping it by now. Since It’s already here, what we can do is to accept it and move on. The only way now is forward.
Let’s all work together and learn from our mistakes so we can keep on improving both as an individual and as a nation.