K-12 Curriculum Essay

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President Benigno Semion C. Aquino III initiated the new system of education. This program requires all incoming students to enroll into two more years of Basic Education.

K+12 system basically include the universal kindergarten 6 years of elementary, 4 years of junior high school with an additional 2 years for senior high school, the program also aims to uplift the quality of education in the Philippines in order for graduates to be easily employed. The proposal aims to produce employable 18 years old high school graduates by giving them a longer time to study and master employable skills.

The system aims to fully enhance and develop the students in order to be well prepared especially in emotional and cognitive aspects. The curriculum will allocate specialization in Science and Technology, Music and Arts, Agriculture and Fisheries, Sports, Business and Entrepreneurship.

Despite of complaining of additional years in education system, it will require more budgets for parents and government as well. Aside from additional classrooms, school supplies, facilities and more qualified teachers since, the program has already implemented the more important is for students do their best and study despite of poor facilities.

As for teachers, continue to teach with love and love what you teach despite of personal triumphs and economic crisis, and always remember that the future of the students depend on us.

As for parents doing their best in pursuing their child’s education, the aims of this program is best for their children, it will help for their children to become globally competitive for their success.

Despite five petitions having been filed at the Supreme Court to prevent the implementation of K-12, the Department of Education (DepEd) is certain that the new curriculum—which covers Kindergarten, six years of Primary Education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School—will enhance the quality of education in the Philippines, and they are equally confident that they are prepared for the pioneering batch of Senior High School students in June 2016.

There are some factor’s to be considered but as long as we open our minds to change we will be on a positive way, we will definitely attain our most desired and aspired, it’s a great role in our country’s development and uplift us from poverty. As a people, we have to strive beyond certainty, and transcend timidity and trepidation. Or else we will be left behind farther and farther behind in the relentless march of mankind to progress.


Ariel D. Cañete
Abucay District ALS Coordinator

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The K-12 curriculum is more than just adding years to your child's schooling. Read this article to know the benefits of a K-12 education in the Philippines.

A recent change in the Philippines’ educational system was implemented starting in 2011. The K-12 curriculum was signed into law back in 2013, adding three years to the country’s basic education curriculum.

The new K-12 curriculum guide requires all Filipino students to have one year of kindergarten, six years of elementary schooling (grades 1 to 6), four years of junior high school (grades 7 to 10), and two years of senior high school (grades 11 to 12).

The Rationale

The K to 12 curriculum gives students time to master basic academic skills.

Prior to the implementation of the K-12 curriculum guide, the Philippines was one of only three countries in the world and the only one in Asia that still had only 10 years in basic education.

This has always been seen as a disadvantage for our students who are competing in an increasingly global job market. The longer educational cycle of the K-12 curriculum is seen as critical in giving Filipino students a higher quality of education.

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The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Innotech (SEAMEO-Innotech) found the previous 10-year educational cycle to be congested, with a 12-year curriculum squished into 10 years.

As a result, Filipino students have trailed behind students around the world in the areas of math, languages, and science. The new curriculum is aimed to fix that.

Go to the next page to know what the K to 12 curriculum means for Filipino students.

Mariel Uyquiengco

Mariel Uyquiengco hopes to inspire parents to be their children’s first and best teacher. She does this through her blog and online children’s bookshop www.thelearningbasket.com and by giving parenting seminars about early childhood development, preschool homeschool, and raising children to be readers.


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