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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