Removing K to 12 Program
Date: June 30, 2022 Author: JustMaryel
Removing the K to 12 program in education has been an issue for a few weeks. Some agreed and some disagreed. There are some factors why people take one side which they seem to be favored. Before taking my side, let me just share some factors based on my understanding and experience as the first batch of the said program graduate.
They agreed because…
Additional expenses for that 2 years. It is indeed costly, especially for the unfortunate ones like me. Instead of buying a book we do xeroxing which is more costly as time goes by. It becomes more costly when research is introduced to us as we need to print out those outputs again and again. Imagine, each print costs 5 pesos or $.05 and if it is colored ($.10). Example, the research paper is 20 pages overall, 20x5=100 pesos excludes the colored one and the hardbound. Vividly, in our batch we made three research papers. That amount seems not too big but for us it is already big and our parents need to work harder to accumulate.
Being a K to 12 graduate doesn't guarantee a job like what they said. They said the K to 12 program helps to get a job because for that two years we are trained based on our track and each track offers training for the preparation of getting NC II which some employers look for but sadly employers still look for college graduates.
It will prolong the years spent in study. Supposedly, if K to 12 program did not implemented for sure I been two years working but look I am still graduating and dome K to 12 students should be in college and some are graduate.
They disagree because..
The K to 12 program is a preparation for college. This is the main factor why the K to 12 program should not be removed because at this stage they are preparing students for what college should be. They taught some things that one should acquire being a college student, namely essays, reports, and powerpoint , especially research/thesis. These things are very important in college because we are the ones who make our grade at hindi uso ang floorwax sa professors unlike in elementary and high school. Having those experiences will help us to view how college life will be and how horrible it is.
How about those who graduated? I can say it's really unfair for those of us who went through everything but are still thankful for the experience and helping us to conquer the next level using what we learned, acquired and trained.
In my own opinion, I would disagree if K-12 was removed from the curriculum because the Grade 10 students are not yet ready to take on the life of being a college student for these reasons:
1. They didn't know how to make a thesis. (Some)
2. They didn't know how to make a PowerPoint presentation yet. (Some)
3. They didn't know yet how to report the given topics. (Some)
4. Some of them are not good at reading.
5. Some of them are not well trained when it comes to communication skills and constructing an essay or even a poem.
Some of you were happy about removing the K-12 program because of the lower financial expenses, and some of you thought that if the K-12 was removed, your children were rapidly going to graduate from college and find stable jobs. For me, it's not all about the years that the children spend their lives in school, but it's all about the learning and preparation of your children for their future careers. Finally, K-12 helps students learn more about their future careers.
From Reymark Delana Bello
Lead image is mine edited in Canva.