K-12 Education inthe Philippines

Philippines
March 15, 2012 2:28am CST
The Department of Education here in the Philippines will be implementing the K-12 education system (initially on 2016). This means that kindergarten plus other 2 years in secondary school will become mandatory for the students in order to proceed in college. The revamp in education system was pursued due to some countries that does not recognized the current system here (6 years elementary and 4 years secondary). There are many parents and social groups that are against the said changes. However, the government will be offering kindergarten for free in public schools this coming school year. As of now kinder are being served mostly by the private sectors wherein most could not afford. What are your views regarding the change in education system here in the Philippines?
6 responses
@erjnsimon (1191)
• Makati, Philippines
15 Mar 12
2016?? i think they will implement it on the next school year but only new enrolls will only be affected. i think the changes goes this way, on elementary school it will become grades 1 to 7 unlike now which is 1 to 6 and on high school it will be until 5th year. that is how i knew it. :)
• Philippines
15 Mar 12
I think that will how it goes. However, they are now requiring the kinder course to be accepted in elementary course. Perhaps, this is the reason why the public schools will offer the said course for free this comng school year. Just hoping this new system will work better compared to the recent education system because the government will invest a lot of money this.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
16 Mar 12
adding two more years in the basic education do not really give assurance of a better quality education to our children. i am not actually against the program and if the government will implement it, we have nothing to do but to follow the system. but i believe it's in the curriculum and not with the number of years a person should be in school to be able to get a good education. now i wonder, how came my grandmother was able or could be a teacher then, even when she just reached and finished elementary school, no high school, no college?
• Philippines
17 Mar 12
Yes, they need also to review the curriculum of our current education system. I just realized that there lot of subjects being taught to elementary and high school students that I think are not necessary. Also, as I've said, there are also subjects that are being taught repeatedly which might be reviewed and revised.
• Philippines
16 Mar 12
I think it's about time we should change our educational system. Although I understand most parents' concern about additional expenses, like allowance, uniform and school supplies, this added two years bring, I think it will benefit students and the country (hopefully) in the long run. One reason for this additional years is that I think we're the only country left with only 10 years preparation before college. Our country needs to keep up with international standards. Having the same standards as most countries will at least increase other countries' trust on our professionals. I was 16 when I finished high school. Thinking back, that time, I was too young, too naive, too ignorant. I chose a university and a major based on what I heard from my parents and other adults surrounding me. Although, I was the one who made the final decision, it was only based on what was offered me. Now I regret my decisions when I was 16 .... I think there's a big difference on the level of maturity of a 16 year old and an 18 year old. Had I been 18 when I entered university, I think I would have made a better decision. Two years of additional preparation for a better, more fulfilling career and future is worth it ... I THINK .... :)
• Philippines
17 Mar 12
You got a point there. Choosing the course to be taken in college is one of curicial decision-making process of a student. Making wrong decision could lead to regret in the future. A student must be mature enough to choose where to go in college, 18 yours old might be enough. For me we have to adopt the current system of most countries in order for us to be globally competetive especially those who graduate college. Another, proper implementation of the program, perhaps could lead into a success of this program.
@annierose (17692)
• Philippines
16 Mar 12
All I know in this K-12 program is that it aims to uplift the quality of education in the Philippines so that it will make easier for graduates to find a job. The program seems to be a promising one but as we know, we cannot please everybody. While some agrees with it, some are not. There are some students complaining for additional years are there are parents who are complaining on additional expenses. Many families can’t afford the extra 2 years, and I’m sure that’s where most of the negativity will stem from.
• Philippines
17 Mar 12
Hopefully this change in our education system will produce quality students. Yes, we cannot please anybody and will see a lot of negative comments rather than positive ones. We must be optimistic in this issue.
@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
16 Mar 12
I understand the stand of the government regarding the K12 as I've seen a lot of On-the Job Trainee in our office who can not understand perfectly the instruction for simple task. Most of them are enrolled for vocational/technical courses for 2 years. Lately, we put in our request for OJTs that their course must be 4 years or more. Sometimes, they could not follow even just the simple task of writing in logbooks and it's lot harder to explain several times and end up re-checking their works again or even to re-do the same task. But for parents like us whose children are enrolled in private schools and spending a lot of money not only for tuition fees but for books and miscellaneous as well, K-12 would mean financial burden. I just hope that they just formulate an examination for which those who would fail are the only ones needed to comply the K12. For intelligent students, more school time would get them bored and eventually may lost interest in studying.
• Philippines
17 Mar 12
You are right that the most common problem that a parent will complaint is the financial aspect especially those in private schools that requires most of their students to buy own books sold by the school. Perhaps, examination will not be necessary if they are going to revise the course outlines in each year level. Let say, they must remove some subjects that are not really important, now, if we are going to see the subjects especially for high school students, there are some subjects that have been taken by each student repeatedly in each level, this subjects must be compiled into one and will be taken by an appropriate level. I think before they are going to apply this program, they must review and revise the current curriculum.
@yahnee (1250)
• Philippines
15 Mar 12
The K-12 education seems fine as long as we realize a certain improvement in the quality of education provided for the children. In countries where they use the K-12 system, the high school graduates are prepared for employment if they cannot pursue the higher education. I hope the children will be better equipped with some form of skill taught in high school in addition to the usual subjects being taken up. Data entry or encoding can be taught including some subjects on culinary arts or handicrafts. In this process, those who cannot pursue a bachelor's degree can find a gainful job. However, this idea will lead to more financial sufferings for the parents. While the public education is free, the parents have to provide the daily allowance and transportation fees. Another two years would indeed be a hardship because many high school graduates are expected to find work immediately to help in the family's finances. I just wish that this K-12 education does not cause a negative impact on the economy since the DEPed will certainly need to employ another thousand teachers for the program of education. With the meager funding for education, I just wonder how they will be able to push through with this program successfully.
• Philippines
16 Mar 12
You are right. I know that in other countries that offers K-12 system, finishing high school course is already equivalent to 2nd year college here in the Philippines. I know that the other two years for high school will mainly deal with vocational courses which in turn, if they could not afford going to college, they can already use that in searching job. You are right that many parents will suffer in this revamp financialy. However, let us just look for the bright side of ths new system not on the negatives. Furthermore, knowing the current issues in giving budget for education here, like you, I don't know how they are going to implement this program successfully.