K to 12 Benefits to Juan dela Cruz
by: Eartha Fonacier-Betsayda
There are various reasons why the government is pushing the K to 12 Basic Education Program. Among it’s prime aim is to uplift the quality of education in the Philippines providing our graduates the skills and knowledge which will meet the standards required for professionals who would want to work overseas.
K to 12 simply means Kindergarten to Grade 12. Before the K to 12 program, our country is implementing a 10-year basic education system with six years of elementary education and four years of high school education. In the new K to 12 program of the Department of Education, there will be a mandatory Kindergarten, six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school, and two years of senior high school.
The K to 12 program helps produce globally competitive graduates for it will fully enhance the students to become well-prepared in their emotional and cognitive aspects. With the improved basic education curriculum it will be more decongested and focused. This means that the students will have more time learning the core academic areas ensuring better comprehension. The curriculum also gives the students the freedom to pursue their passion since the curriculum is more student or learner-centered. They will be given the opportunity to choose elective subjects and specializations they really want. Grades 11 and 12 takes the form of a two-year college education. Graduates of these levels will be given certifications for having TESDA-like trainings as well as college-like education.
For the K+12 to succeed, a lot of factors should be considered. However, with a positive outlook and an open mind to changes, we’ll definitely achieve our most–aspired educational standards which could help us uplift our economy from poverty..