The program aims to uplift the quality of education in the Philippines in order for graduates to be easily employed. The program also aims to meet the standards required for professionals who would want to work abroad. Most importantly, the system aims to fully enhance and develop the students in order for them to be well-prepared especially in emotional and cognitive aspects. Through this, graduates will be able to face the pressures of their future workplace. There may be a lot of factors to consider for the K+12 Education to succeed. But as long as we open our minds to change and we will take it on a positive way, we will definitely attain our most-aspired educational standards which will play a great role in our country’s development and will therefore, uplift us from poverty.
Batas Pambansa blg.232 or the education act of 1986 defines elementary education as the first stage of compulsory, formal education and usually corresponding to six or seven grades, including preschool. To achieve universal primary education, and objectives of education for all (EFA) the inclusion of preschool, currently known as kindergarten in the basic education cycle, making it free and compulsory is presently being considered at the policy level. Kindergarten education or the K+12 will prepare 5 year old children physically, socially, emotionally, and mentally for formal schooling.K+12 will increase the children chance of surviving and completing formal schooling, reducing dropouts incidence and insuring better school performance. The universal Kindergarten education will the readiness and foundationally skills of the children to be ready for the primary grades. The other Advantages are presented below: 1. “Enhancing the quality of basic education in the Philippines is urgent and critical.” 2. “The poor quality of basic education is reflected in the low achievement scores of Filipino students. One reason is that students do not get adequate instructional time or time on task.” 3. International test results consistently show Filipino students lagging way behind practically everybody else in the world. In the 2008 mathematics exam, for example, we came in dead last. 4. “The congested curriculum partly explains the present state of education.” Twelve years of content are crammed into ten years. 5. “This quality of education is reflected in the inadequate preparation of high school graduates for the world of work or entrepreneurship or higher education.” If ten years were adequate, how come employers do not hire fresh high school graduates? How come most high school graduates flunk the UPCAT? 6. “Most graduates are too young to enter the labor force.” Since most children start Grade1 when they are 6 years old, they do not reach the legal employable age of 18 when they graduate from high school today. 7. “The current system also reinforces the misperception that basic education is just a preparatory step for higher education.” Why prioritize the minority of high school graduates that go to college? 8. “The short duration of the basic education program also puts the millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), especially the professionals, and those who intend to study abroad, at a disadvantage. Our graduates are not automatically recognized as professionals abroad.”The best examples are our engineering graduates, who are condemned to international jobs not befitting their professional status due to our not having a 12-year basic education cycle. 9. “The short basic education program affects the human development of the Filipino children.” If we believe that 17-year-old high school graduates are emotionally, psychologically, and intellectually mature, why do we require them to get parental consent before they get married?
DISADVANTAGE of K-12
If the K-12 Education Plan becomes successful, then the Philippine education system can become more competitive among other countries around the world. Though there...