DAVAO CITY, Mar. 04 (PIA) — The apprehensions on the burdening cost
of education with the proposed K+12 Basic Education Program was allayed
by officials of the Department of Education (DepEd).
K+12 program which will add a mandatory kindergarten and a two-year
senior high school level is getting stiff opposition particularly from
parents of schoolchildren already burdened by rising costs of education.
Panabo Superintendent Josephine Fadul said that in reality parents of
these children will benefiting much from the added 2-year senior high
"These two years is actually carved out from the first two years in college," Fadul said.
She cited that the initial college years is basically a review of high school general education subjects.
senior high school program aims to empower the youth to become skilled
individuals when they graduate. DepEd is conceptualizing a more
specialized education with emphasis on science and technology, arts and
culture, sports, business and entrepreneurship.
Fadul says the DepEd senior high school education is basically free thus they won’t have to worry about costs.
DepEd is currently developing the framework of the Senior High School
along with agencies like the Commission on Higher Education and the
Technical Education Skills Development Authority or TESDA.
said that this can benefit students who will not pursue college anymore
as they would be employable the moment they finish Senior High School.
In the past, high school graduates are only 16 years old and are not
within employable age and are not equipped with skills and competencies
necessary to land a regular or if ever they are employed they are prone
DepED-XI regional director Susana Estigoy
said that the K+12 is being planned to be implemented in the school year
2016-2017. She says the implementation will not be abrupt but rather
will be slowly implemented to effect a peaceful transition. If things
will go on schedule, those currently enrolled in Grade 5 will be the
first students to go on Senior High School.
Source: PIA Region 11, Rudolph Alama, March 04, 2011