K-12 Basic Education Program in the Philippines: Beneficial or Additional Burden?

THIS DEBATE is on whether the government should put its limited resources on the Enhanced K-12 Basic Education Program which will add two years to our present 10-year basic education. The enhanced K-12 program as many now know, will have kindergarten, 6 years of elementary education, four years of junior high school (Grades 7 to 10), and two years of senior high school.

According to the 2010 Department of Education Briefing Report, the last two years (Grades 11 and 12) will provide time for the student to consolidate acquired academic skills and competencies. It plans to complete the enhanced 12-year curriculum and start with incoming Grade 1 students of SY 2012-13. The rationale for the two years is to decongest and enhance basic education curricula, provide quality learning, and be at par with other countries in Asia which provide more years for basic education. Now, a lot of students were alarmed. Some argues that this program will serve as an extra expense of our government while some says it’s a big opportunity for us to produce well experienced, competitive and international skilled graduates.

Possible reasons against K-12 Basic Education Program:
1. It is unrealistic and may drive more youths to drop out of school.
2. It is impractical for a country that has one of the lowest budgets for education.
3. It will require extra expenses for families in our society where the majority is impoverished.
4. It could also reinforce cheap semi-skilled labor for foreign markets.
5. It will just add up to the burden of parents and students.

Possible reasons for K-12 Basic Education Program:

1.       It will provide time for the student to consolidate acquired academic skills and competencies.
2.       It will also decongest and enhance basic education curricula, provide quality learning, and be at equality with other countries in Asia which provide more years for basic education.
3.       The additional two years in the said program is crucial to come up with a proposal in enhancing our basic education program in a manner that is least disruptive to the current curriculum, most affordable to government and families, and aligned with international practice.
4.       This quality of education is reflected in the inadequate preparation of high school graduates for the world of work or entrepreneurship or higher education.
5.       It’s a good opportunity to match the academic levels of other countries.

Contributors/Online Moderators:
JESSE MAE OLIVA went to Damong Maliit Elementary School and Novaliches High School in Quezon City.
KIN PEARLY FLORES graduated from Cauayan South Central School in Isabela and Sta. Lucia Academy inLucia, Ilocos Sur.
MUTYA EMPRECIO is an alumna of Almanza Elementary School and New Era University.
GREJEAN MAY ATALE is from East Central School and Palawan National High School in Puerto Princesa City.
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I respect your answer and opinion about this article, in respect, I think it is the student's plan on how they apply what they've learn. For me, k-12 is beneficial in a sense that students will have gain more knowledge before they go to college. It will also help students to have an advance learning pursuing what course they will take in the future. Besides, it can enhance the quality of basic education in the Philippines.

It is an additional burden to parents and students. K-12 is a curriculum that enables school to have an additional two years in high school without enabling students the additional fees needed for it. It will also affect the eagerness of students to go to higher level of studies like going to college because they may have the notion that it is too long to complete and they think they have all the skills and knowledge required to take up a job, because it was the school board who told them that they already have acquired those things, in those additional senior year in high school.

hi handsome nilven, with due respect to your opinion how can this be beneficial to us if the budget of our government allocated to education is insufficient for the extension of another 2 burden of school year? This may cause another struggle not only to students but also to their parents and especially to the Philippine Government. And also how they will find solution about the lack of educational facilities such as classrooms, chairs, tables, books, and including the ratio between the number of students compared to the number of teachers. This might be another source of corruption. This might also increase the number of drop out in schools and may result to increase the number of crimes.


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