Senate passes K to 12 program on final reading


Senator Edgardo Angara. INQUIRER file photo

Senator Edgardo Angara. INQUIRER file photo

MANILA, Philippines – The K to 12 program, which aims to add two years to basic educational system of the country, was passed in the Senate on third and final reading Monday.

“K to 12 is about enhancing the curriculum that better prepares every Filipino child, and about innovating lessons that are taught to each learner,” Senator Edgardo Angara, author of Senate Bill No. 3286 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2012, said in a statement.

Once made into law, the bill will add two years of Senior High School to the current four years of Junior High School that students spend in secondary education. Basic education will become composed of one year in Kindergarten and six years in elementary.

Angara believes that the K to 12 program will boost Filipinos’ competitiveness on the international stage noting that the Philippines was only one of three countries which does not implement it.

The new curriculum for basic education will be designed through a collaboration of the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

“To achieve an effective enhanced basic education curriculum, DepEd shall undertake consultations with other national government agencies and other stakeholders including, but not limited to, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), private and public schools associations, national student organizations, national teacher organizations, parents-teachers associations, and the chambers of commerce and/ or industry associations on matters affecting the concerned stakeholders,” the bill said.

The K to 12 program however has been criticized because of the increased burden parents will have to endure pay for the two more years in school.

“This is more than just about expanding basic education by adding two years to a 10-year cycle. This is about the State, the Filipino people as a single policy, fulfilling the solemn duty to educate and nurture its citizens to the best of our collective abilities,” Angara concluded.

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  • wawa2172

    How the K to 12 will be implemented by DEPED is a question. We hope that billion of pesos will be invested by the government in senior high school and upgrading the higher education program.

  • Jose

    Huh, thought this was already passed.

    Good on them, anyway.  This is just badly needed.

    • INQ_reader

      Me too. The website of DepEd already explains details.

  • magiting78

    Dagdagan nyo po mga titser at classrooms…kht p gawin nyo yan K+25 kung kulang sa pasilidad ala din. Bawasan nyo pork barel nyo ilipat nyo s education matutuwa p sambayanan sa inyo

  • concern_netizen

    Better late than never.  Contrary to naysayers, parents are in fact less burdened by the k-12.  Why?  In the retired 10-year program, students are not considered ‘functional’ after completing high school unless they go to college or take vocational courses which are mostly not shouldered by the government.  K-12 on the other hand will give options to those who cannot afford college education by offering technical courses in the last three years of the K-12.  This means, students will already be ‘functional’ as soon as they finish high school.

    • John

      Sounds good on theory, implementation is another matter. If college graduate with 4 years of post secondary education remains unemployed, adding 2 years in high school will not make a difference in functionality. Extra 2 years with marginal teachers in marginal schools will not make the graduates better equip for the real world.

      • concern_netizen

        Functional may be the wrong word.  What I am trying to say is “skilled”  While I agree that we have too much college graduates, we are sorely lacking in blue-collar workers.  By undergoing actual training and some practical experience, high school graduates may be able to acquire enough skills to secure a better paying job.  After all, most of our college graduates abroad are merely restricted in doing vocational jobs and rarely benefit from their college degrees.

  • The Overlord

    It’s about time. The education system here is really decades behind. The parents who clamor about additional burden do not know what investment in education means. In the old system, graduate ka nga after 14 years of education, pero you’re not competitive, wala rin.

  • Your_King

    How can the government think that adding 2 years is the solution to improving PI education? If the curriculum is still poor and the schools are still old and outdated and the books and schooling materials are also old and the teachers are not well-trained…you end up just wasting 2 more years of schooling. I’m not saying adding 2 years is bad but it just seems that the government appears to be content that this will solve the education problems when in reality it’s just a veil or band-aid solution.

  • Joey

    to all those who are still resisting the addition of two years to basic education, quit complaining. accept it. our high school graduates have to be at the same level as high school graduates from other countries. this is the first and most important step in that direction!

  • boybakal

    Dinagdagan ang taon sa pag aaral, wala naman idinagdag na bago sa curriculum, A,E,I,O,U at A BA KA DA pa rin ang turo.
    Gustong gumaya sa Tate….sa TATE planado ang mga school children.

    High School graduates have a choice of:

    1. Joining the Military…Navy, Airforce, Marine, Army
    2. Work in fastfood or manufacturing that will hone their skill
    3. Go to college.

    Sa Pinas walang choice o option ang mga bata.
    Whether you increase your curriculum pagdating sa Tate,,,caregiver or punas wetpu.

    • INQ_reader

      Punta ka muna sa site ng DepEd. Nandoon ang detalye ng K + 12, pati iyang sinasabi mong “choice.”

      Mamamatay-tao lang ang nagagawa ng edukasyon sa tate.

      • boybakal

         Nandoon nga yong Choice, hanggang Choice na lang.
        Di maisakatuparan.

      • INQ_reader

         Kaya nga may K + 12, para may choice na maisasakatuparan, na sabi mo wala.

  • boybakal

    Senate passes K to 12 program on final reading….

    I really don’t understand these Senators pushing for this K12.
    Whereas, yon ating mga Mambabatas di nakatapos ng elementary high school or college,
    Senador ngayon.
    It means, magaling ang ating edukasyon.
    Where is the logic of K12.

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