K+12 Program in the Philippines

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Running Head: The Development of Philippine Education 1

Development of Philippine Education Gives More Job Opportunities Joshua P. Guillano
February 17, 2012
English 112
(MWF 10 – 11am)
Mr. Morris Smith
Campus II

Running Head: The Development of Philippine Education 2 ABSTRACT
This Paper is all about the development of Philippine education and the opportunities it gives through k to 12 program.

Running Head: The Development of Philippine Education 3 Body
The Enhanced K+12 Basic Education Program in the Philippines has been officially started. It has been initiated by the Aquino administration where students will have to undergo a new system of education. This program will require all incoming students to enroll into two more years of basic education. Thus, the K+12 System will basically include the Universal kindergarten, 6 years of elementary, 4 years of junior high school with an additional 2 years for senior high school. Moreover, 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.

Running Head: The Development of Philippine Education 4 “The Enhanced K to 12 program ripe for implementation as there are more pressing opportunities besetting the basic educational system that need to be addressed.” Member-organizations of E-Net Philippines believe that “...simply adding 2 years to the basic education program” will “cost the poorest Filipinos, imposing the 12 year education plan will give more job opportunities to students, make more globally competitive students and maximize their time on choosing their career base on ability..” Hinting that beyond the jobs-and-skills mismatch, the lack of industries in the country is the primary cause of unemployment, E-Net Philippines claims that “The additional 2 years in the basic education guaranteed employment opportunities available in the market.” Finally, the consortium supported the K to 12 program as a scheme that comply with the primary “purpose of education” which is “to develop competent citizens who will serve the needs of the country and or to qualify them for jobs abroad.” E-Net Philippines’ assertion is bolstered by the constitutional provision which outlines the country’s educational goal. 2

Running Head: The Development of Philippine Education 5 They shall inculcate patriotism and nationalism, foster love of humanity, respect for human rights, appreciation of the role of national heroes in the historical development of the country, teach the rights and duties of citizenship, strengthen ethical and spiritual values, develop moral character and personal, broaden scientific and technological knowledge, and promote vocational efficiency.” 3 Philippines and It's all systems go with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the implementation of the Enhanced K+12 Basic Education Program, with the initial phase set in motion this coming school year by offering the Universal Kindergarten Program in 38,000 public schools nationwide. Grade 1 and first year high school students in SY 2011-2012 will be the initial beneficiaries. Since the K+12 proposal was announced in October last year, DepEd has exerted efforts to get opinion on its implementation through consultative in February to March participated in by students, parents, teachers, administrators from both private...
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