Why Does the Philippines Need the K-12 Education System?
Filipinos are known to be competitive in the international community. However, our current education system hinders us from becoming even more competitive.
Starting in the 2012-2013 school year, the education system of the Philippines was enhanced from the ten years of basic education to a 12-year program through an initiative called the K-12 Education Plan sponsored by the Department of Education.
The implementation of the K-12 plan in the Philippine Basic Education Curriculum is the key to our nation’s development. Though the government faces many problems as it implements the program over the course of several years, it is a necessary improvement since increasing the quality of our education is critical to our nation's success.
Read on to learn about the benefits of a K-12 education plan in the Philippines.
Sufficient Instructional Time
With K-12 education, students will have sufficient instructional time for subject-related tasks, making them more prepared in every subject area. With the old system, Filipino students were consistently behind on achievement scores.
In 2008, for instance, international test results revealed that Filipinos were behind compared to other countries when we finished dead last in math.
A More Active Role in the Learning Process
The envisioned K-12 curriculum is designed to be learner-centered, which will greatly encourage students to be more engaged in their learning process. Because the learning is focused on the individual preferences of each student, the process of acquiring new information and skills that are useful for daily life and for the future will become more beneficial and enjoyable for students.
The shift from the teacher-centered learning process to a learner-centered one paves way to more inclusive education.
More Skilled and Competent Graduates
Another reason to support K-12 education is because the graduates of this program is seen to be more prepared to enter the real world. High school graduates of the 10-year curriculum were not yet employable since they were not well–equipped enough for the workplace.
In addition, high school graduates of the 10-year curriculum are not yet 18 years of age. With the new curriculum, senior high school students can specialize in a field that they are interested in. As a result, upon graduation they will have the specific job-related skills they need even without a college degree. When they graduate from high school, these young people will be 18 and employable, adding to the nation’s manpower and productivity.
Moreover, should they decide to focus on making it on their own by starting a business venture, the different tracks and strands in the senior high school should prepare them for that.
Easy Recognition as Global Citizens and Professionals
Finally, with K-12 education, Filipino graduates will be automatically recognized as professionals abroad because we are following the international education standard as practiced by all nations.
There will be no need to study again and spend more money in order to qualify for international standards. With a K-12 education, Filipino professionals who aspire to serve the world will not have a hard time getting jobs in their chosen field.
A Competitive Advantage
Though Filipinos are known to be competitive in the international community, our current education system hinders us in becoming more competitive among other countries. The K-12 education plan offers a solution to that problem.
However, it is undeniable that there will be problems that arise as we implement the program, which could include a lack of budget, classrooms, school supplies, and teachers. But if we do not start now, when?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Nik Abueva