The knowledge and experience of their field of expertise.

The
current change in the Philippines’ educational framework, K to 12 Program
covers Kindergarten and 12 years of Basic Education: 6 years of primary
education, 4 years of Junior High School and 2 years of Senior High School. For
further understanding, Philippines is the last
nation in Asia to implement K to 12 Program. We are also one of the only three
nations, along with Djibouti and Angola, worldwide that undergoes 10-year
pre-university. K to 12 Program was implemented on May 15, 2013 through the
signed of former President Benigno Aquino III. Moreover, Department of
Education also stated that this 12-year Program is the most approximated period
to be educated under basic education and it is the standard for students and
professional worldwide.

Philippines need the K—12 education system because as what is
being said, we are the last country in Asia who has a 10-year pre-university
cycle. There is a need to implement this curriculum since this is the
international education standard as practiced by all nations. With the old
system, it is determined that Filipino students were consistently behind on
achievement scores. In addition to that, Filipinos are known to be competitive globally,
however, our current education system hampers us in becoming more competitive
among other countries.

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Philippines
foresee this curriculum as a solution to the conflicts and development of the
nation’s educational system. This is because the Senior High School graduates
are already expected to be equipped with knowledge and experience of their
field of expertise. They are also expected to do something for the Philippine
economical and societal development.

On the other hand, there are different obstacles that
thwarts the belief of having a productive development of the nation if K – 12
Program will be implemented. For instance, government mind about the finances
of constructing buildings, classrooms, and facilities to provide. Also, the
number of teachers are lacking to teach the sudden approach of the K to 12
students (Grades 11 & 12). Though the government faces many
complications as it implements the program over the course of several years, it
is a necessary improvement since increasing the quality of our education is
critical to our nation’s success.

 

In
spite of that, greater opportunities lie ahead within the K to 12 graduates.
Since they are vested with an international education standard practiced by all
nations, they are given a better opportunity of
learning something that they can use to begin their career. Uniquely, K-12
program was implemented to support pre-college students enhance the knowledge
to join the work force even when they don’t have a college degree.

If we talk about employment, a bigger and greater chances
also await for the Senior High graduates. As
a matter of fact, they can specialize in a ground that they are good at and
interested in. For this reason, upon graduation they will have the specific
job-related skills they need without taking up a college degree. When they
graduate in Senior High School, they will be already 18 years old, employable –
adding to the nation’s manpower.

Surely,
K to 12 program helps the Senior High graduate students influence the
development of nation building especially in terms of education. The K to 12 curriculum is designed to give a holistic
education for all. Now decongested, it will give students sufficient time to
master basic academic skills as well as to join in co-curricular and community
activities. With this mind, the Senior High graduates who will proceed to
higher education will be more equipped with knowledge. And as soon as they
graduate in college, they will be a more strengthened individuals who will
influence the community and the society not just in educational enhancement but
also to the development of the economy.

These are the opportunities and effects being highlighted on
the implementation of the K to 12 Curriculum. These are believed to be achieved
when 2018 comes. Many were sacrificed because of the implementation of the K-12
program but believe it or not, this is a key to make our country arise and be
paralleled to the countries internationally.

I am a first batch of the K to 12
Program in the Philippines. I, being a graduating Senior High student, have
perceived that there is really a great hope and future waiting for us when we
go to higher education or proceed to employment after our Senior High School
graduation. I visualize that this is a stepping stone to every Filipino
starting from our batch to promote change in our country, community, and
society.

Above all, Senior High has a massive
and vital role in the globalization because they are vested with greater
opportunities to change one’s family, one’s nation, and one’s life. A brighter
tomorrow will embrace them as soon as they