I wouldn't be aware of the K12 education if my son's principal didn't discussed it during their graduation ceremony. She said it was already approved by P-noy, our president. So what is K12 education anyway? Actually, I wasn't able to catch up with her talk about it simply because I'm busy with my son so I made my research to give me clearer view of it.
K12 is a part of P-noy's Education Program wherein the adiminstration believes that adding more years to basic education in the Philippines could actually help solve the problem of unemployment, keep up with global standards and help Filipino students to have more time to choose the career that best suits their skills.
Specifically it means adding two more years in the secondary level plus kindergarten in pre-school. Such plan is not that easy for it also concerns the financial capacity of parents, the number of schools and classrooms, the number of teachers, and even the availability of books and other school supplies.
If this ambitious multi-billion-peso plan becomes successful, then the Philippine education system can become more competitive among other countries around the world. It is worthy to note that only the Philippines and one country in Africa or in South Asia I believe have 10-year basic education cycle. Most countries have 12 years before their students take any college course. Some more progressive countries even have 14 years for pre-college education.
However, it won't work if the needed elements to make it work aren't present. Such elements, as stated above, include the adequate supply of schools, classrooms, chairs, manpower (teachers, administrators, and staff), books, laboratory equipment, instructional aids, utilities, community support, curriculum approaches, etc. If the government could allot a bigger budget to educational needs, then we could be one-step ahead towards the success of the K-12 program.
Furthermore, parents (especially those who belong in the poor sector) should be properly informed and motivated of the advantages of the K-12 Education Plan. This is very important since parents play a major role in providing the child's school allowances, supplies, and fees for other school projects and activities. Add to that the support of parents towards their children in terms of guidance and teaching.
Once this succeeds, it is best hoped that Filipino students would be more literate, skilled, and competitive to be able to find jobs more easily and contribute to the country's pride as well as the country's economy.
source: Journalism Online Training
This article cleared my thoughts on K12 however I would still love to recall what my son's principal talked about this because she gave a lot of motherly sense to this issue. I guess I would have wait to till my son's school released their Graduation CD Giveaways which I believe is taking a little more time. Perhaps they wasn't able to get the best cd duplicator in town hence the delay for its release.