Globalization is now the challenging term in the Philippine education. In the Philippines, students normally stay in the academic world for 10 years. That’s 6 years in elementary and 4 years in high school. However, an academic proposal has been released and is expected to be implemented. Students will now stay in the academic world for 12 years. 2 additional years covering the kindergarten stage and additional 2 senior years in high school.
Major objective of this educational amendment is to uplift the quality of education in the Philippines so that the graduates will be easily employed. In addition, it is said that this educational program aims to meet the standard requirements for professionals who want to work abroad.
I can definitely agree to the objectives of this educational program. However, let’s face it. A transition should take place before this can be implemented. The reason for a transition need is budget. Budget for both the government and parents. I understand that the sequel of uplifting the quality of education is the uplifting of the Filipinos’ quality of lifestyle.
But then again, where is the current government status when it comes to the budget for education? It’s not even covering the basic educational needs. School supplies, classrooms, and even effective teachers. These basic educational needs are not even being addressed as of this moment. So an additional 2 years will mean more expenses for both parents and government.
The government should see this kind of opportunity because this can be converted into threat. And what’s even worst is that this threat will greatly affect the students. Research may have been made but I’m pretty sure that preparation is not yet over.
The government may address the budget allocation for education but maintaining an effective pool of teachers can be a great cost as well. Teachers are also attending seminars and convention in order for them to improve their teaching skills and strategies. And again, this means additional cost.
I understand that that public schools will be following this program, which is the reason why I feel anxious with the lack of preparation before its implementation. It is not easy to face certain resistance for any change management developments. Yes, it will eventually breeze in but the period of struggling in the transition should also be considered. The major players in this experiment are developing children that are aimed to turn out to be effective and productive citizens. Any kind of negative interference in the development of these individuals can be considered fatal.
Considering the income of the parents, the highest percentage of parents’ income goes to their families’ welfare. It includes their children’s education, food, shelter, and other basic needs. So if unemployment is in the rise during the transition, it would be harder for the parents as well to go along with the flow. The worse part of this condition is if the unemployment rate exists until the implementation of K+12. What kind of employment will the graduates have? If there’s unemployment in the country, the graduates will eventually go somewhere else to find employment for them to be considered as effective and productive citizens.
If K+12 aims to have graduates that are fit for working abroad, we’re just simply molding workers for other countries to prosper and take advantage of instead of the Philippines molding its own productive citizens.
I am aware that there will still be a lot of resisting reactions for this K+12 educational program. I just aired out mine being a parent but I’m still looking forward to more benefits for the Filipino children when it comes to learning and becoming reliable citizens.