to 12 Program is currently implemented in the Philippines. This covers Kindergarten
and 12 years of Basic Education: 6 years of primary education, 4 years of
Junior High School and 2 years of Senior High School. This is a present change
in the nation’s educational structure. For further understanding, Philippines is the last nation in Asia to implement K
to 12 Program. We are also one of the only three nations, along with Djibouti and
Angola, worldwide that undergoes 10-year pre-university. K to 12 Program was
implemented on May 15, 2013 through the signed of former President Benigno
Aquino III. Moreover, Department of Education also stated that this 12-year
Program is the most approximated period to be educated under basic education
and it is the standard for students and professional worldwide.
Philippines need the K—12 education system because as what is
being said, we are the last country in Asia who has a 10-year pre-university
cycle. There is a need to implement this curriculum since this is the
international education standard as practiced by all nations. With the old
system, it is determined that Filipino students were consistently behind on
achievement scores. In addition to that, Filipinos are known to be competitive globally,
however, our current education system hampers us in becoming more competitive
among other countries.
foresee this curriculum as a solution to the conflicts and development of the
nation’s educational system. This is because the Senior High School graduates
are already expected to be equipped with knowledge and experience of their
field of expertise. They are also expected to do something for the Philippine
economical and societal development.
On the other hand, there are different obstacles that
thwarts the belief of having a productive development of the nation if K – 12
Program will be implemented. For instance, government mind about the finances
of constructing buildings, classrooms, and facilities to provide. Also, the
number of teachers are lacking to teach the sudden approach of the K to 12
students (Grades 11 & 12). Though the government faces many
complications as it implements the program over the course of several years, it
is a necessary improvement since increasing the quality of our education is
critical to our nation’s success.
spite of that, greater opportunities lie ahead within the K to 12 graduates.
Since they are vested with an international standard of education practiced by
all nations, they are given a better opportunity
of learning things that they can use to begin their career. Uniquely, K-12
program was implemented to support and help pre-college students enhance the
knowledge to join the work force even when they don’t have a college degree.
If we talk about employment, a bigger and greater chances
also await for the Senior High graduates. As
a matter of fact, they can specialize in a ground that they are good at, fond
of and interested in. For this reason, when they graduate, they will have the
specific job-related skills they need without taking up a college degree. When
they graduate in Senior High School, they will be already 18 years old,
employable – “adding to the nation’s manpower”.
K to 12 program helps the Senior High graduate students influence the
development of nation building especially in terms of education. The K to 12 curriculum is designed to give a holistic
education for all. Now decongested, it will give students sufficient time to
master basic academic skills as well as to join in co-curricular and community
activities. With this mind, the Senior High graduates who will proceed to
higher education will be more equipped with knowledge. And as soon as they
graduate in college, they will be a more strengthened individuals who will
influence the community and the society not just in educational enhancement but
also to the development of the economy.
These are the opportunities and effects being highlighted on
the implementation of the K to 12 Curriculum. These are believed to be achieved
when 2018 comes. Many were sacrificed because of the implementation of the K-12
program but believe it or not, this is a key to make our country arise and be
paralleled to the countries internationally.
I am a first batch of the K to 12
Program in the Philippines. I, being a graduating Senior High student, have
perceived that there is really a great hope and future waiting for us when we
go to higher education or proceed to employment after our Senior High School
graduation. I visualize that this is a stepping stone to every Filipino
starting from our batch to promote change in our country, community, and
Above all, Senior High has a massive
and vital role in the globalization because they are vested with greater
opportunities to change one’s family, one’s nation, and one’s life. A brighter
tomorrow will embrace them as soon as we graduate. Because of Senior High, I
aim high. Because of Senior High, fly high.