If Not Now, Then When?
The proposal for the so-called "K+12" model of education has been on hold since 1925. There are so many proposals that has been on the table but all of them failed to realize due to propaganda by anti-"K+12" groups. But in this light, we commend the Department of Education, headed by Bro. Armin Luistro for having the will to push this long-due overhaul of the education system. If not now, then when? The time is NOW.
In a world where knowledge goes obsolete at a faster rate and everyone is literally competing with the rest of the world for work and skill, the Filipino must prepare itself to be competitive with his peers. The K+12 program is made to do such. From a child's entrance to schooling (Kindergarten + 6 years of Elementary) to his preparation for the workforce (4 years high school + 2 years senior high), the program aims to give the student basic competencies he needs for life and make him physically, mentally and socially prepared to face life after graduation. At the present system, the Filipino student is only required to go to school for 10 years - 6 years elementary and 4 years in high school. In this case, an average student spends 20% more time in school than his peers from around the world. This may be an advantage, but looking at it closely, a 10-year education system congests subjects at a shorter time, thereby giving less time for the student to understand and have the grasp of basic skills. Detractors of the K+12 program may not understand that a child has a life outside school. Giving more time for chores, leisure and extra-curricular activities (like sports and social organizations) may help the child to learn skills outside of the school setting. Noticeable too is this 2-year gap created by the present 10-year school system. Filipino students usually graduate when reaching 16, but existing laws establish the legal age of 18 years old, and that's the only time the student may enter the workforce. But most industries...
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