K-12 Education in The Philippines
DepEd (The Department of Education) is said to detail the K-12 Education Plan on October 5, 2010. This is part of President Benigno "NoyNoy" Aquino III's Educational Reform Program. The P-Noy Administration believes that adding more years to basic education in the Philippines could help solve the problem of unemployment, keep up with global standards, and help filipino students to have more time to choose the career that best suits their skills.
The K-12 Education plan is said to add one more year on both primary and secondary levels plus kindergarten. Though the opinion and reaction of the public are divided, some are in favor and some are not. Among the main issues that relates to the K-12 program are the financial capacity of parents, the number of schools and classrooms, the number of teachers, and even the availability of books and other school supplies.
Though, DepEd (The Department of Education) also stated that the government will basically shoulder most of the education costs.
"On the Lighter Side"
If the K-12 Education Plan becomes successful, then the Philippine education system can become more competitive among other countries around the world. Though there are still some problems that the government needs to solve before they can successfully implement the plan. The proposed program is good but it still won't work if the needed elements to make it work aren’t present.
Such elements include the addressed problems mentioned above, especially the number of public school classrooms plus the adequate supply of classroom chairs, books, etc. If the government could allot a bigger budget to educational needs, then we could be one-step ahead towards the success of the K-12 program.
Furthermore, parents (especially those who belong in the poor sector) should be properly informed and motivated of the advantages of the K-12 Education Plan. This is very important since parents play a major role in providing the...