Friday, January 9, 2015

K to 12: A Big Leap or a Major Downfall

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Though not yet underway, The Senior High School (SHS) program is assumed to be the highlight of the K to 12 program. It is greater just an additional two years to our previous education system. It is also more than what everyone, particularly the government and the millions of students in the Philippines, has to spend in line with its birth. What is the SHS program anyway?

We all know that Filipino citizens of today are in their own specified fields such as law, culinary, engineering, journalism, medicine, and so on. Before this; however, they all went through experiences to lead them to where they are today. All of them studied the curriculum and took their respective programs and other prerequisites beforehand, and so shall each person who wants to be like them eventually.

In addition, it is not a surprise to see various students visualizing themselves to be professionals in whichever fields they opt to serve in the near future. Because of this, the didactic program we all know as K to 12 is aiming for the improvement of the quality of education our nation currently offers –especially in the domains students discover themselves to be good at or interested in–to hopefully maximize their ability.

Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro assured that all cities and municipalities across the country will have a SHS program. He added that all municipalities, no matter how small, shall align to the development of the program. Schools located in different parts of the country were selected to offer four main tracks — Academic, Technical-Vocational, Sports, and Arts and Design.

In my opinion their aim is to either provide a “head start” for students of today, or to allow them to graduate earlier and start working if we view life realistically. However, in relation to this, one of my professors was strongly assuming that most Filipinos will go for the latter since they can work earlier. If this is the case, we will have fewer professionals which can lead to the drastic improvement of the country’s economic status but also other various interrelated areas.

Meanwhile, expectantly every school will have the proper learning materials such as textbooks, equipment, visual aids, and the like. It will have a supposedly better presentation of the curriculum, as well as additional teachers, and the like. It will be more focused on the students, more hands-on experiences than written works for most programs, and more individual because of the systematized organization of students in their preferred areas.

The K to 12 program, in my opinion, is either a big leap towards the advancement of our country, or a major downfall and a waste of our resources. Whether or not it will be effective is a part of not only the government’s expectation for everyone to fulfill their objectives, but also mostly up to the students. I hope that we will all have the motivation to do our part, including yours truly as a future educator, when we get there.

Contributed by Hannah Krystelle Del Rosario

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