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TRANSFORMATION OF THE PHILIPPINES' BASIC EDUCATION SYSTEM: K-12

Accordingly, the Philippines is the only country that has the shortest basic education system, 10 years, in Asia. Too short to contain all the necessary lesson that should be taught to students for them to really understand and internalize. Few months before the classes has started for the school year 2012-2013, an issue about a change in the basic education system, from the 10 years basic education system to the K-12 which has 12 years basic education, has become a big fuss. It is one of the most controversial issue for the previous months and got a lot of reaction and comments from almost everybody including teachers, politicians, government officials and employees, parents and even students. We can hear a lot of comments and reaction around us regarding the issue. Some parents say, this additional 2 years in the basic education is an additional burden to them or an additional expense. Some also say that our government is so ambitious to adopt the foreign educational systems while in fact that we can't afford. They say we don't have enough numbers of schools, classrooms, teachers, materials, and training for teachers. Some also say the government is just preparing the people or students for future job openings abroad where instead of serving the country but they are serving foreign lands while it is so obvious in the Philippine Universities and Colleges that a lot of foreigners are coming to finish their studies for them to go back to their country and serve. Listening to all the reactions and comments from concerned citizens, I was convinced to agree with their opinions. I agree that it would be an additional burden to the parents who are sending their children to school. When we talk about burden, it simply talks about money and expanses. The money used to send the students to school are hard earned money and the additional two years on basic education is really costly. The money used to...
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