MANILA, Philippines – The debate continues on whether the government should put its limited resources on the Enhanced K-12 Basic Education Program which will add two years to our present 10-year basic education. The enhanced K-12 program as many now know, will have kindergarten, 6 years of elementary education, four years of junior high school (Grades 7 to 10), and two years of senior high school.
According to the 2010 Department of Education Briefing Report, the last two years (Grades 11 and 12) will provide time for the student to consolidate acquired academic skills and competencies. Universal kindergarten will be offered starting 2011 after which DepEd will begin unclogging its basic education curriculum by 2012. It plans to complete the enhanced 12-year curriculum and start with incoming Grade 1 students of SY 2012-13. The rationale for the two years is to decongest and enhance basic education curricula, provide quality learning, and be at par with other countries in Asia which provide more years for basic education. It is also based on studies which show that improvements in the quality of education will increase the GDP growth by as much as 2 percent and will have a positive impact on society.
Today, we have a 12-year curriculum that is being delivered in 10 years. The negative consequences, as studies show are, that high school graduates are shown to lack basic competencies and maturity.They are yet legally unable to enter into contracts and are found emotionally immature for entrepreneurship employment.