A new step-up to globalization: An Argumentative Essay
Submitted by: Famela Anne Madamba
Submitted to: Ms. Karen Gabinete
December 1, 2012
Philippines is one of those countries that values education a lot. Statistics shows that Filipinos are more diligent than of those people of the other country when it comes to education. Despite the numerous international awards that our fellow Filipinos are getting, there are some children or adult especially the fresh high school graduates who have the high percentage of not having the opportunity to enroll in college because of several instances or problems. That is also added in the problems affecting the country’s development. “The Philippines ranks seventh among nine Southeast Asian nations in the area of education and innovation” (Luz, 2011). The article, taken from ABS-CBN news website, stated that in the area of primary education, the Philippines is ranked 99th out of 138 nations. We are ranked 69th in the Educational system, 112th in science and math and 76th in Internet Access. For that reason, The DepEd sector was alarmed that’s why they made a proposal, which is the K+12. What is K+12 in the country’s educational system? The program aims to uplift the quality of education in the Philippines in order for graduates to be easily employed. 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 educations will the readiness and foundationally skills of the children to be ready for the primary grades. Peligrino (2011) states that 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.
Thus, Insisting on with the 12-year education plan will give more job opportunities to students, will serve as a gateway for students to become more globally competitive and will be able to determine their career paths without being forced to take a degree that they do not want to take.
First, most graduates are too young to enter the labor force. Since most children start Grade 1 when they are 6 years old, they do not reach the legal employable age of 18 when they graduate from high school today. (Isagani, 2010). According to the proponents and DepEd authorities that are keep on pushing this system in the Philippine Education, it has lots of advantages and benefits. A student who will graduate from this system and has a financial problem to enter college life will not encounter any more problems when it comes to jobs. The additional 2 years, which is the senior high, will serve as their training background for their future jobs and as they finish those levels, they will become productive citizens of the country. (Gabriel, 2011). Students will be given the opportunity to work right away and earn money for their families also, it will give them the time to save money for forthcoming use if they want to resume studying for college. Isagani, C. (2010).“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...