K to 12 program
The K-12 program has been a proposal for years now and it was only recently that the Department of Education finally decided to implement this program. Though the purpose of this implementation is to develop the quality of education in the Philippines, the students who are affected have their own opinion regarding this program. The K to 12 Program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education before one reaches college which is six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, to develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. Both the public and the private schools will be affected by this change in the system. With this improvement and change, it is expected that the issues on unemployment and lack of quality education will be addressed.
The students who are affected by this change do have their own take regarding whether or not this change will really be beneficial for them. Maebel Audrey Joaquin, a Psychology Major form Ateneo De Manila University who is also a graduate of De La Salle Santiago Zobel shares her insights by mentioning that the implementation of this program would be most beneficial for public schools compared to private schools. “Admittedly, there is a gap between private and public schools. Implementing K-12 in public schools would lessen that gap and make them more equipped to work with different kinds of people come college or their work place”, says Joaquin. Joaquin believes that with the additional years of education, the public school students would be able to find jobs easier. Joaquin also mentions that the implementation of this program may not be beneficial for the private schools. Joaquin says, “My education was tailored fit to have just 7 years of grade school and 4 years of high school; subjects were already fixed with that in mind. I think that it kind of equals’ k-12 in that it’s more compact.” Joaquin says that even through maturity is an important factor, there are other factors that employers look for when hiring, such as the needed skills and personality for the job that they are applying to. The k-12 program is also beneficial because of the fact that we are setting ourselves at par with the quality of education of foreign countries. The government should also monitor this change from time to time to make sure that it is beneficial for majority of the students of the country. Joaquin adds by saying that adding more years to the education of the student also means more years to pay for education so this may also cause several students to stop studying due to financial issues. “I suggest polishing the implementation and other academic related issues for it to be beneficial.”
The k-12 implementation has its benefits for the students of the country, but these benefits should be explained to the students so that they would fully understand the reason behind this change in the educational program of our country.
School Rules and Regulations
School is a student’s second home, and it cannot be called “home” if it does not have decent restrooms or comfort rooms for the student’s use. Hundreds of students are not follow on what are the rules and regulations in school. The school rules have been established in partnership with the community over a long period of time.