Luczon: Coping with K to 12

THE whole concept or idea within the conscripts of the Aquino administration, through the Department of Education (DepEd), is promising and indeed ambitious. If everything falls into place and proceed as planned, definitely it can improve the education system of the country; something that is quite lagging behind compared to our Southeast Asian neighbors.

I am personally hopeful to this based on my experience when I was in high school. How I wished my senior high school years were devout to skills that meet my interests, if K to 12 were implemented during my time.

It also about the maturity of how students engage in academic and critical discourse the moment they step in college. In my experience, although not all, it was very disappointing to see some classmates or schoolmates who just enrolled to a degree program for the sake of having degree programs that are prerequisite to finding a salary-motivating job.

Although I call it “diskarte” or witty initiative, and not all in the theoretical frameworks in the books are practically applicable in real life, but they could have been very more sympathetic to what is currently happening in the society had they known their roles even as college students.

But like any conceived ideas, from visualizing a dream house or planning on a perfect vacation, it’s the rudimentary works on the ground that defines the survival and progression of the K to 12 program in the Philippines.

This is the reason why some groups wanted to suspend the program because DepEd may not be ready to address the needs and requirements for K to 12, even Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, a known ally of President Aquino, pushed for the suspension.

The call of suspension is gaining momentum especially that this year, the last classes or batches of senior high school students graduated from the traditional four-year secondary program, and the next two to three years will be the start of the first generation of senior high school students under K to 12.

This also means that the next two to three years, all tertiary schools in the country can have a possibility of zero enrollment for freshmen students, thus some college instructors or professors, specializing in general education courses can also be affected. Although the Commission on Higher Education and DepEd are working this out together that these instructors can also teach senior high school students temporarily.

The K to 12 program should have long been implemented, it is better to continue it now than never at all. In the beginning, there will be “birth pains” that go along with it. But this is also the time that DepEd and the government in general, that they must exert all exert efforts to address the gray areas identified. The government must be ahead than to wait for the public to be upset before they will do something.

At best, may the K to 12 program, like any promising programs in the government, will not be marred with politics especially that another major election is fast approaching that may determine a new administration.


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