Thursday, May 17, 2012

DepEd's K+12

The opening of classes in the country is fast approaching. That will be in June. But time and again, among the problems or recurring problems that will surely greet the pupils and students of public schools is the lack of classrooms, chairs, textbooks, teachers and other learning facilities. These don't change even with the pronouncements of past administrations.

These problems are the main stumbling blocks to the country's goal for a quality education. If you have these problems in the urban-based schools, you can imagine how the public schools in far-flung villages will look like. We would say this condition proved schools are not conducive to learning.

So, we can't really say whether the Department of Education (DepEd) is on the right track when it wanted to implement the K+12 program this opening. This is overhauling the basic education of the country from 10 years to K+12, that kindergarten plus six (6) years in elementary and four (4) and two (2) years Junior and Senior highschool respectively. No one will argue that we need quality education. But surely, how to tackle it is a different thing especially because we could not agree on the strategies. This what makes the K+12 controversial. Those who are against the new program believed that it would be better if we address the problems we mentioned earlier rather than to jump into a new approach that will surely stretch out instead the economic hardship of the poor parents in this country. It appears that the program will only prolong the economic agony of the parents.

Btw, the featured cartoon is line with the impeachment proceedings versus Chief Justice Renato Corona. Since the lawmakers would be busy monitoring the proceedings, many believed that important legislation like the reproductive health bill, would be left out.


Angel C. de Dios said...

With regard to DepEd's K to 12, eighty posts are now on my blog. And it all started with First Things First: A
Commentary on DepEd's K +12. This article, first published in Philippine Star,
was my attempt to examine the elements introduced by the new K to 12 curriculum
of the Department of Education of the Philippines. To aid the readers of this
blog, it is perhaps time to collate these posts and summarize the key messages.
Please read the overview to see what is inside this blog. Thank you for

And the most recent post:

Quality Is Not in Numbers But in Substance

A request has been recently made by the Philippine government to Canada's
Ministry for Citizenship and Immigration to relax its hiring rules for
Filipinos. Currently, Canada equates a four year college degree in the
Philippines to two years of tertiary education. The request is made in the light
of a looming shortage in Canada's labor force....