Parents, teachers, and enrollees should not be surprise if they find some oddities on the coming school year 2012-2013, particularly, on public schools; for the Department of Education have already foretold beforehand since year 2010 about the implementation of a new enhanced basic education system on the year 2012 to reformat the old basic 10 year education system that has become ineffective nowadays in helping the graduates find a better jobs.
Actually, the Department of Education has already made a briefer of the new program on their official website to orient the public about it. Moreover, it was also reported on media and newspaper then wherein it has gain both positive and negative reactions from concerned public especially the parents and guardians that currently supports and shoulder the basic education needs of their children and pets, respectively.
This new and enhanced public curriculum that the Department of Education have plan to implement this coming school year 2012-2013 since the year 2010 is what the Department of Education called “Enhanced K+12 Basic Education Program” under the K 6-4-2 model.K+12 stands or means kindergarten plus or kindergarten, and 12 years of elementary and secondary under the K 6-4-2 structure. The K 6-4-2 structure or model according to the Department of Health “…involves kindergarten, six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school (Grades 7 to 10) and two years of senior high school intend to provide time for students to consolidate acquired academic skills and competencies…”
Though this enhanced basic education program of the Department of Education seems to be promising in regards to enhancing and putting the basic public education in the Philippines in high standard, parents, guardians, and students will still feel uncomfortable and hesitant to concur and will consequently of course resort to enroll their children on private schools instead with the accustomed 10 year basic system of education and only few will follow the new curriculum of the Department of Education given the circumstance that the Aquino administration have failed to crackdown the perceived graft and corruption in the government as it promises though showing partiality on appointing government officials and the stinking incompetency and unprofessionalism of these new government officials which PNoy have appointed.
Moreover, parents, guardians and students will always be irritated on hearing “additional two years” which they will quickly perceived to be an additional time, money, and effort which only make no any sense upon graduation in regards to finding a better paying jobs. For they will always have an impression that college education is the only key and means to have a better jobs after graduation and not additional academic units on elementary and high school.
But the Department of Education have defended their K+12 program that it will not add additional nonsense two years of as usually most parents, guardians, and students will quickly perceived and judged; rather, albeit plus two on academic units, minus two on finding a job. Or in other words, the K+12 program of the Department of Education will minimize additional two years on spending on college studies for right after a public student have graduated from the program, he or she can already find a better jobs similar to a college graduate without attending any college level of education, according to the Department of Education.
“……minus 2 instead of plus 2 for those families who cannot afford a college education but still wish to have their children find a good paying job. Right now, parents spent for at least 4 years of college to have an employable child. In our model, parents will not pay for 2 years of basic education that will give them an employable child. Ineffect, we are saving parents 2 years of expenses. The plan is not “Plus 2 years before graduation” but “Minus 2 years before work to inspire a shift in attitude that completion of high school education is more than just preparation for college but can be sufficient for a gainful employment or career..”
The Department of Education plans to alter the public perception and consciousness that diploma on High School will not yield a better and good paying job but just a preparation for a college education through their K+12 program. They aim to do this because according to the Department of Education, Philippine high school diplomas are not recognized by top universities on other countries for top foreign universities require six years of secondary education thus makes those who spend their elementary and secondary units on the public schools and even on private school with old educational system find hard to acquire scholarships abroad if perchance they wanted to apply for it.
Actually, last January 12,2012 a summit for K+12 program of the Department of Education was held at Miriam College for the preparation of the implementation of the K+12 program of the Department of Education for the coming school year 2012-2013,not only on public schools but also on private schools so that though a student is reluctant to follow the K+12 program of the Department of Education on public schools and will resort to study instead on private schools, one will not still be able to escape the K+12 program of the Department of Education.
Thus, whether parents, guardians, and students live the new curriculum of the Department of Education that will be implemented this coming school year 2012-2013, or not, one will still be force to follow and concur.