There has been a huge significant change in the country’s academic system in the past few years. A new system called as the K-12 has been introduced. Many protests were made against it;but it managed to prevail in the end.
This, of course, has affected many educational institutions – including numerous international schools – in the Philippines, which ultimately brought a lot of adjustment to their curriculum.
It is important to note, however, that this new system can bring forth a number of positive things into the nation – particularly to the students and the parents.
K-12 system benefits for students
- Preparation for tertiary learning – In the K-12 system, two more years is added to high school. This means that students will get more time to prepare and equip themselves with proper knowledge and information before they go to the different colleges and universities in the country. They will also be given a chance to become young adults as they will have more time to mature beforehand.
- Learning of workforce skills through electives –Electives are subjects that will be provided to SHS (senior high school) students before they graduate high school. This will enable and empower them to learn different skill sets they will need to enter the workforce early on, which means they do not need to enter the tertiary education level to be competent in various fields.
- High quality education resulting to skill competency – Essentially, the K-12 system aims to enhance the students’ skill sets to become globally competent amongst the stiff job markets in the world. The Department of Education (DepEd) has promised to provide a higher quality education through the help of tracks, which would give students the time they need to learn and master the field and skills they want to pursue after graduating.
K-12 system benefits for parents
- Affordability – Parents of students, who will be undergoing the K-12 academic system, won’t have to worry about paying extra costs for the additional two years their sons and daughters will be taking in high school. They can rely on government subsidies for they can guarantee that there will be no added costs to their children’s education in public schools. The tuition fees (as well as other school fees) in private schools, on the other hand, will be regulated by DepEd to ensure that they remain reasonable.
- Curriculum is learner-centered – A student-centered curriculum would mean that students will have a more active role to play in their learning process. SHS students would be even given the chance to choose which field or track they want to learn. Also, they would be the one selecting what to learn, how to learn, and how they will be evaluating their own learning process. Teachers, along with parents, will be there to guide them along the way, of course.
- Mother tongue as the medium of instruction – The students’ parents won’t have to worry about their child lagging behind due to communication issues, because the country’s mother tongue will be used as the medium of instructions to students in Grade 3 and below. This will especially help children with special needs and those coming from the various indigenous groups in the Philippines understand the lessons better.
These are only some of the benefits students and parents will receive due to the K-12 academic system being enforced in the country. For sure, people are likely to see more of them in the coming years!
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