DepEd’s K+12 Program: Cure or Curse?

Gladyz Fawzia Paglinawan

Regarding the proposed K+12 Education in the Philippines, adding more years to basic education, can Filipinos really benefit from it?

As part of President “Noynoy” Aquino Administration believes that adding more years to basic education in the Philippines could help solve the problem of unemployment students to have more time to choose the career that best suits to their skills.

The K+12 Education plan is said to add one more year on both primary and secondary levels plus kindergarten. Though the opinion and reaction of the public are divided, some are in favor and some are not. Among the main issues that relates to the K+12 program are the financial capacity of parents, the number of schools and classrooms, the number of teachers and even the availability of books and other schools supplies.

Though DepEd also stated that the government will basically shoulder most of the education cost.On the lighter side, if the K+12 Education Plan becomes successful, then the Philippines system becomes more competitive among other countries around the world. Though there are still problems that the government needs to solve before they can successfully implement the plan. The proposed program is good but still won’t work if the needed elements that make it work are not present.

Such elements includes the addressed problems mentioned, especially the number of public schools classrooms plus the adequate supply of classroom chairs, books, etc. If the government could allot a bigger budget to educational needs, then we could be one-step ahead towards the success of the K+12 Program.

Furthermore, parents (especially those who belong in the poor sector) should be properly informed and motivated of the advantages of the K+12 Education Plan. This is very important since parent plays a major role in providing the child’s school allowances, supplies and fees for other school projects and activities. Add to that the support of the parents towards their children in terms of guidance and teaching. Once this succeed, it is best hoped that Filipino students would be more literate, skilled and competitive to be able to find jobs more easily and contribute to the country’s pride as well as the country’s economy.


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