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It’s Better to Abolish the K-12 Program

It’s Better to Abolish the K-12 Program

Abolish the K-12 Program. That is a request of some of our compatriots during the term of Vice President-elect and incoming Education Secretary Sara Duterte. “Please don’t use his position to delete whatever is in the book, whatever is in history.”

These are some of the things said by our compatriots after the inauguration held yesterday by Vice President-elect Sara Duterte. His tenure as vice president will begin this coming June 30, 2022. At the same time, people from the Department of Education congratulated incoming DepEd Secretary and Vice President-elect Sara Duterte on her new job.

The department is also pleased to work with our VP President upon his entry as DepEd Secretary. With the Basic Education Plan 2030 (BEDP 2030), Leonor Briones, who is leaving her job as DepEd Secretary, is also making plans for a smooth transition.

The K–12 program, sometimes referred to as K-12, is an education system under the Department of Education that aims to enhance learners’ basic skills, produce more competent citizens, and prepare graduates for lifelong learning and employment. “K” stands for Kindergarten, and “12” refers to the following 12 years of basic education (6 years of elementary education, 4 years of junior high school, and 2 years of senior high school).

The Philippines is currently the last nation in Asia and one of just three nations worldwide with a 10-year pre-university program. This K–12 program offers a decongested 12-year program that gives students sufficient time to master skills and absorb basic competencies. But these basic competencies could be learned in college as well.

Students who participate in the K–12 program receive an extra year of high school. Six years of secondary education in various nations now follow the K-12 curriculum. Because this curriculum requires teachers to teach, the two extra high school years provide an advantage to applicants for the position. But this means that it is costly for the parents since some of the students have moved to private schools instead of staying in the public school system.

Keep in mind, the K-12 program is also beneficial to students, but there is a long wait to graduate from college. Some students feel bored waiting to finish their studies. For the teacher applicants, they are still waiting to enter DepEd, despite the fact that two years have been added to high school. It implies that the items offered by DepEd are insufficient to allow other teacher aspirants a chance to teach. Due to a shortage of items in DepEd, many schools are short on teachers.

Senior high teachers will be integrated into junior high if the K-12 program is abolished. With this approach, the junior high school teacher shortage will be addressed, and junior high school will be the only focus in DepEd. Allow incoming DepEd Secretary VP Sara Duterte to make this decision on behalf of students and parents. – Doki | Helpline PH

7 thoughts on “It’s Better to Abolish the K-12 Program”

  1. Ok lng kahit tanggalin ung k12 mahaba talaga
    Basta higpitan bawat level
    No read no pass salangin mga studyante para matutukan ung mga mahihina lalo na ngayon may mga nakagraduate sa elementary
    Slow reader pa mahina pa sa reading comprehension kahit sa basic matutunan din ng mga kabataan ung
    Salitang “due date/deadline” hindi ung nakaabot na ng next quarter saka magpapasa mging responsable sila…hindi lang sana ung assessment sa eosy sana pti din sa bosy…
    Para dun palang malaman na ung anu kakulangan ng isang bata..
    Entrance exam, screening/ interview
    Sana maging matagumpay ang susunod na plano para sa kabataan..

  2. It’s not about abolishing the K-12 program but to have a drastic change in the system. Unang una tanggalin po Yung mass promotion scheme. Bagsak is bagsak sana. Pangalawa, let teachers duty limited to teaching only please lessen paper works Buti pa noon Kasi hard copy lang habul, Ngayon hard at tsaka soft copy. Pangatlo, palitan Ang learning competency dapat Hindi spiral. At lastly itaas sahod Ng mga guro

  3. Ferlibeth C. Paquibot

    K-12 is not effective! Instead pahirap pa ito sa mga magulang na naghihikahos at sa mga mag – aaral. So, better abolish it!

  4. Kahit walang Senior High School basta mas palakasin pa ang TESDA . Lagyan ang bawat munisipyo ng TESDA Trng Center ng kaukulang skills na angkop sa lugar. Siguro mas maraming matutulungan na maralitang mag-aaral kaysa K-12.

  5. Dapat pong i abolish na po ang k12 wala pong silbe dahil yon din at yon din ang pinagaaralan.. pabalik balik lang po..isang malaking pahirap sa mga magulang..pagka graduate po sa k12 hindi rin po makapasok ng trabaho dahil kailangan collage level… mula pa po sa matandang cultura natin mas magagaling pa po ang mga mag aaral noong araw kaysa ngayong panahon.. noon bihira lang ang nakakapag aral ng kinder.. simula agad ng grade 1.. pagka graduate ng high school nakakabasa ng maayos nakakaresolba ng mabilis sa matimatika.. dahiil mahiigpit po ang mga guro noon.. pag wala kang home work palo ka sa guro mo..

    As we say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. In other words, the real value of something can be judged only from practical experience or results and not from appearance or theory.
    Let’s look at how it was under the old curriculum before the K-12 was implemented. Even then, our college graduates under the old K-10 curriculum were already highly sought after abroad – engineers, nurses, seafarers, accountants and many other professionals.
    And those aspiring to have higher educational credentials to have higher-level job opportunities had the option to take up masters’ and PhD degrees. And the reality is that those professionals are now occupying high-level posts in such organizations as UN, WB, ADB, IMF, big corporations, government agencies, international NGOs, etc. even if they only had the old K-10 curriculum for their basic education.
    Given the above, why do we need K-12? Para maki-uso lang sa mga advanced countries? What for, if our K-10 was already working globally just fine?
    Quite importantly, from a practical point of view, most parents nowadays have a financially hard time sending kids to school. Adding 2 years for their kids to get a college degree is a big financial drain on families. And it adds to the statistics of people not being able to get bachelor’s degrees due to financial constraints, making them susceptible to under-employment as under-graduates. And it significantly delays the productive contribution of college graduates to the national economy and to their families.
    Conclusion: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Let’s go back to the old K-10 curriculum.

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