DepEd K -12: To Each His Own
When the Department of Education launched its K-12 or kindergarten to Grade 12 program, the presentation and explanations were so confusing that a lot of people found it hard to understand much less engage in. How can you argue or debate a matter that you can’t fully understand?
It was as if the DepEd had adopted the motto of Garfield the Cat that goes: If you can’t convince them, confuse them. From the onset, it was certainly going to be almost impossible to convince all over the country that it would be to their children’s best interest to add 1 or 2 more years of schooling.
The school year has already started and a lot of us parents are not exactly clear if the DepEd is adding one or two years? The most common answer I get is it depends on the school is enrolled at. Heck! K-12 is supposed to be a national policy! So if we’re not even clear about how many years, how can we even discuss benefits?
Actually, I have a feeling that all of this conflict and confusion will ultimately end up in a congressional investigation or in cases before the courts if not the Ombudsman. Every time I find myself in some social gathering I keep hearing about how several private schools are “cheating” or getting around the K-12 program by claiming that their students are far advanced than normal public school kids so the private school kids automatically qualify for acceleration.
In effect only the new enrollees coming in at kindergarten or prep would be getting a taste of the K-12, while current enrollees simply jump grades which means no disruption in the present time. Sooner or later all this creative solutions are going to cause even bigger problems especially for some colleges and universities that will experience a drop in enrollees.
Now would be a good time for LGUs and regional leaders in education to conduct independent studies on the real situation on the ground. Are schools and universities in sync with the K-12 program or is it a case of “kanya-kanya” now but chaos later? What possible repercussion will the shift to K-12 have on future collegiate enrollments? Believe it or not, things are only beginning to heat up in Metro Manila, so it would be safe to assume that the K-12 tsunami will soon come to a school near you!