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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

 

No more turning back for K to 12 - USec Quijano

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, Jan. 24 (PIA) -- Department of Education (DepEd) has assured the public that the K to 12 program will surely be implemented.

“K to 12 is a go, walang atrasan. (K to 12 is a go. There’s no turning back)” said Undersecretary Yolanda Quijano of the DepEd during the first Regional Education Summit on Jan. 20 in Tacloban City.

“We have a well-prepared curriculum,” said Quijano, citing several committees that are preparing thoroughly for the implementation of the K-12.

Quijano, an education expert who started her career in teaching special education classes, talked about the reasons why DepEd is embarking on this K - 12 program.

“There is inadequate preparation of our high school graduates in the present curriculum. High school graduates also do not possess the basic competencies or emotional maturity essential for the world of work,” said Quijano.

According to data based on a survey of employers, there are serious gaps in critical skills of graduates such as problem-solving, initiative and creativity and gaps in job-specific technical skills.

The current system also reinforces the misconception that basic education is just preparation for higher education. For most parents, basic education is usually seen as preparation for college education, according to data from the DepEd on the K -12 program.

It added that even this misperception falls short of expectations as most students usually have to take remedial and high school level classes in colleges and universities.

The short duration of the basic education program also puts the millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), especially the professionals, and those who intend to study abroad at a disadvantage.

Another reason given is that graduates are not automatically recognized as professionals abroad. Filipinos face mutual recognition problem in other countries that view the 10-year education program as insufficient.

The Philippines is the only country in Asia and among the three remaining countries in the world that has a 10-year basic education program.

Aware of this urgent and critical concern and in line with the priorities of the President Benigno Aquino III’s administration, the DepEd is taking bold steps to enhance the basic education curriculum.

The enhanced K -12 Basic Education Program seeks to provide quality 12-year basic education program that each Filipino is entitled to.

A graduate of the K-12 Basic Education Program is an empowered individual who has learned, through a program that is rooted on sound educational principles and geared towards excellence, the foundations for learning throughout life, the competence to engage in work and be productive, the ability to coexist in fruitful harmony with local and global communities, the capability to engage in autonomous critical thinking and the capacity to transform others and one’s self.

“We need to add two years to our basic education. Those who can afford pay up to 14 years of schooling before university, their children are getting into the best universities and the best jobs after graduation. I want at least 12 years for our public school children to give them an even chance at succeeding,” President Benigno Aquino lll said. (PIA 8-Samar)

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