Manila, Philippines. October 6, 2010.
The Department of Education (DepEd) announced yesterday its plan to upgrade the country’s basic educational system by adding 2 more years from the ten years that we already have. The proposal will have six years of elementary school, four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro called the 12-year model as K-6-4-2 or K-12 for short. The program includes six years in elementary (Grades 1 to 6), four years in junior high school (Grades 7 to 10) and two years in senior high (Grades 11 to 12) to cover special lessons on employable skills. The program does not include kindergarten and preparatory school.
Deped officials said this is not going to happen until the Aquino administration’s term is over in 2016. The necessary funding and transition measures should be first put in place before its implementation.
The additional two years in basic education may not be the only answer to the quality of the educational system. Quality may also depend on the curriculum, the quality of educators and the facilities provided for by the school campuses. With the continuing increase in school tuition, the upgrade on quality education should have already been included. The additional two years will only be to the advantage of the schools and will only make education a more lucrative business. The question remains. Will the new system assure graduates of employment after graduation? If not, the Deped should instead enhance what we already have and not add to the burden of education.