K-12: Boon or Bane?

Alright, the Aquino Administration had our best interests in mind when they concocted this new educational program. Before going on with my insights though, let’s first address what is the K-12 all about? The Inquirer states:

“The K-12 model involves Kindergarten, six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school (Grades 7 to 10) and two years of senior high school (Grades 11 to 12). The two years of senior high school intend to provide students time to consolidate acquired academic skills and competencies relevant to the job market.

Through two additional years in senior high, DepEd aims to provide students with specialized training in their area of interest, whether they hope to work after high school or pursue college or vocational training.”

So the question now is how practical is this program to the current Philippines Educational System? And how helpful this will be to our general populace? In a time when majority of parents are struggling to send their children to school, I’d say, this program is not sensible at all. When parents themselves can barely feed their families, how much more when an additional 2 years is needed for their children to graduate from high school?

Well, this program would somehow work if the hunger issue among the many citizens of this country suffer everyday can be addressed first. For how can a child digest the lessons in the classroom when her stomach is churning from hunger? Our most basic need is food and so, this should have been addressed first before any other programs get implemented.

With all due respect to our present government, who I’m confident are doing all they can to alleviate our present plight, please create more sensible, practical programs next time.

And as for you valuable Imagereaders, is K-12 a boon or a bane?


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