Education System in the Philiphines

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The Philippines has a recent overflowing issue on its education system, which is the implementation of K+12 education system as the basic education curriculum (BEC). This issue is one of the most controversial things that Aquino Administration proposes. First of all, K+12 is an education system that includes Kindergarten with twelve years of elementary and secondary education (Department of Education, 2010). The Kindergarten is basically started at the age of 5 and the elementary education (primary education) holds for 6 or 7 years of education while secondary education, which holds for 5 or 6 years of education, is defined as high school (Department of Education, 2010). In comparison to the current 10-year education system, the K+12 system adds two extra years of education. According to the Department of Education of the Philippines (DepEd), their main purpose is not just adding two extra years of education rather to enhance the BEC in the Philippines (Department of Education, 2010). Discussions over the K+12 program have already been on since the Commonwealth era. The Americans has suggested this system to be implemented but President Manuel L. Quezon has set aside the issue to deal with more important problems in the country at that time (Vargas, 2012). Throughout the years after the Commonwealth era, suggestions have been made by foreign organizations (Department of Education, 2010). Then, a survey made by Presidential Commission to Survey Philippine Education in 1970 has recommended the government to give a high importance in implementing the 11-year program with 6 years of elementary education and 5 years of secondary education; but it never pushes through (Department of Education, 2010). The current 10-year program has n... ... middle of paper ... ...s literacy rate and its quality of education system but also it would lessen the number of unemployment and underemployment in the country. Works Cited Cruz, I. R. (2012, January 19). Preparing, Developing and Equipping K to 12 School Leaders. Makati, NCR, Philippines. Department of Education. (2010, October 5). Discussion Paper on the Enhanced K+12 Basic Education Program. Manila, NCR, Philippines. Dizon, D. (2011). PH Education System Not Ready for K+12. Retrieved February 27, 2012, from ABS-CBN News: abs-cbnnews.com Manila Bulletin. (2010, October 6). Senators Divided on DepEd's 'K+12' Years Education System. Retrieved February 27, 2012, from Manila Bulletin News: mb.com.ph Valenzuela, E. (2012). K to 12 Trends in Southeast Asia. Manila, NCR, Philippines. Vargas, Y. (2012, February 11). K+12 as Basic Education Curriculum. (I. Stamboel, Interviewer)

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