Department of Education (DepEd) started in this school year, 2012-2013, implementing the enhanced K to 12 (Kindergarten to Grade 12) Basic Education Program, which adds two more years to the existing 10-year basic education curriculum.
The 12-year curriculum is said to have quality education that would make us Filipino students well-rounded, competent and globally competitive. But not everyone concurs with it. Some say there’s no basis to expect that lengthening the cycle will improve education. For them, it is just numbers that has been affected. For them, it is just quantity and not quality, at all.
Even before the said program was implemented, it has been facing a lot of criticisms both from concerned citizens and government. Indeed, rampant issues, especially when it comes to education like the K-12, bring great impact on our society.
While owing to the fact that K to 12 program starts despite the perennial woes observed in the basic education system for many years, we could conclude that it was already put into action for such very strong motive. That is, to cure what ails our country’s basic and secondary education system.
As mentioned earlier, the program adds two more years to the basic education. K to 12 has kindergarten as base, to be followed by six years of elementary, four years of junior high school, and two years of senior high school.
Our students will benefit a lot from this that the curriculum will be decongested since the lessons of different subjects will now be spread over 12 years, instead of 10 years. Students, then, have time to savor the knowledge they receive.
Meanwhile, we should not forget the financial burden it might bring to the government and parents alike. Additional years of education are tantamount to extension of agony to poor families. And, yes, there are problems that still need to be addressed such as the lack of teachers, shortage in classrooms, school buildings and textbooks, and the likes.
In this sense, one is likely to question: How can this new curriculum qualitatively function when we’re still in the context of the dire shortages? Will students really benefit from it if they have no sufficient classrooms to study in, chairs to sit on, textbooks to read, and teachers to learn from?
Some of us might have been expecting too much to this K to 12 resulting to a great disappointment that this already takes off. But we should not worry because there’s always a solution to these problems. And the only thing that is left for us, especially those in education sector, is to be in action.
The quality of teachers and educational facilities must be of utmost priority. The government must back up with financial support. Education must remain as the top priority for the national budget. With all these, quality education will be made possible.
Educational system is about national development. K to 12 is one big step for us Filipinos. It brings a lot of potential to have significant changes in our educational system. Whether that change would be constructive or destructive, still, it’s on the government’s strategies and cooperation of the public sector with which it’ll depend.
K-12 is a milestone for all of us as education is always one of the ways to rise above poverty and to reach for the top. Let us all embrace the changes in order to move forward. Let’s hope for the best because, then again, we are in need of better education, not more education. K to 12 is just a right step towards getting education right. It could even make us progress not only as an individual, but as a nation as well.