I considered K-12 Curriculum as a game changer in Education system in our country. After thorough study and further considerations K-12 was implemented. The K to 12 Program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School and two years of Senior High School) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop life long learners as they prepare the students for tertiary education or work after graduation. K-12 education pursue competency-based system by facilitating academic, technical and lifelong learning skills. But, are the graduates of K-12 program competitive enough to work? Did they achieve good academic knowledge they needed for tertiary education?
In my opinion, I have nothing against changes. Anyway, most country are using this program and it is good that we are aligned with them. Canada for example is recognizing Senior High School during accreditation of credentials during evaluation of those who wanted to work with them. I believed in the Core Curriculum of the system where they focus on Languages, Literature, Communication, Mathematics, Philosophy, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. These area of learnings are best foundation when they opted to go for tertiary education.
Another advantage of K-12 is after finishing the grade 10, a student can obtain Certificate of Competency (COC) or a national Certificate Level 1 (NCI). After finishing a Technical-Vocational Livelihood track in Grade 12, a student may obtain a National Certificate Level II, provided he/she passes the competency-based assessment of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. NCI and NCII improves employability of graduates in fields like Agriculture, Electronics and Trade.
For me, the success of this program depends on the Learning Institution, government support and student himself. The graduate must be equipped with Information, media, technology skills, learning and innovation skills, effective communication skills and life and career skills. That is why the role of the Schools and universities are vital to ensure that this knowledge can be obtain from them through competitive learning and development method. In addition, the student must do their part. They need to study harder and must be armored with much knowledge as much as possible. Their success is always in their hands. Lastly, the government. We believed that K12 graduates were equipped both of academic and technical knowledge. And some of them due to financial problem can no longer continue to study in college. The government must intensify their Job programs for these graduates so they can have the chance to prove themselves. They must coordinate with big companies to consider their qualifications enough to land a good job.
The test of success of K-12 program needs more time and study. The coordination and cooperation of the School, the government and the students under the program were equally important in the long run success of the new system.