A blog that tackles issues on basic education (in the Philippines and the United States) including early childhood education, the teaching profession, math and science education, medium of instruction, poverty, and the role of research and higher education.
Days before school opening, Educaction Secretary Armin Luistro announced - “Were ready. In fact, all students who will come to school on the first day of classes will have a seat and textbook ready for them.”
But in the same press release from DepEd, Bro.Armin admitted that these shortages will be solved infour years as well as the three primary components aimed at improving access and quality basic education in the country , namely improvement of teacher quality, enhancement of curriculum through the K to 12 program and achievement of set goals in addressing resource deficits.
Notwithstanding the fact that if there is something that we do not lack, it is the number of enrolees, for it is steadily increasing. Yesterday’s school opening scenario confirmed our point. The gross shortages on teachers, classrooms, chairs, books and sanitation facilities were unmet. The highly unplanned K+12 bore a deficient curriculum and no extensive training for teachers were done. Some teachers paid from their own pockets for the reproduction of curriculum guides and partial modules prepared by the training team.
Drastically, DepEd wanted to overhaul the basic and secondary curriculum by adding two more years without a law and budget to support it. “The prevailing education crisis must be addressed more fundamentally and their K to 12 programs, PNoy’s supposed legacy to the Filipino people, would only exacerbate the situation, Ms France Castro, secretary-general of Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said.
Our government’s resources for education have been found wanting and insufficient for the present 10-year cycle, how will it be able to afford a K+12 model? “A comprehensive review and planning is in order so that the reforms to be introduced in our education system will not be wasted,” Ms France Castro, stressed.
DepEd’s pronouncements that “professionalization “of the youth, is plain and simple providing cheap semi-skilled and skilled workers for the needs of the global market under the guise of providing employment...
This would only aggravate dependence on labor export that does not contribute to sustainable nation-building. What our country needs is to develop and educational system that caters to the Filipino youth and our society in general. The current crisis of our educational system stemmed not on the number of schooling years but rather on the conditions and foundation on which it subsists.
ACT believes that to prioritize the implementation of quality kinder education and to address the shortages in basic inputs like teachers, classrooms, textbooks, chairs and sanitation facilities will be more substantive. More importantly, do not shortchange our teachers. Teachers must be paid accordingly because contractualization is against the law.
“Quality education could only be achieved if this government will have the political will to invest more in public school system, stop the predominance of a colonial curriculum, and develop science and technology for domestic development" ---Ms France Castro.
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Quality education could only be achieved if this government will have the political will to invest more in public school system, stop the predominance of a colonial curriculum, and develop science and technology for domestic development -- Ms France Castro.
Congestion means overcrowding. In simple terms, there is too much in too little space or time. To avoid congestion one can either increase space or time, or reduce whatever is taking space or time. In introducing K to 12 to the Philippines, the Department of Education made the claim, "...the sad state of basic education can be partly attributed to the congested basic education curriculum." A closer examination of DepEd's K to 12, however, reveals not a decongestion, but a reduction of instructional hours across the first ten years of education.
Here are the changes for elementary school:
There is a reduction in both languages and mathematics of about 10 percent in instructional time. Below are the changes in secondary school:
Here, the decrease in instructional hours is even greater. Science, for instance suffers a 33 percent reduction. Adding two years to basic education may indeed look good on paper as a way of decongesting the curriculum. However, if the first ten yea…
TANONG: ANO ANG KTO12 PROGRAM? SAGOT: Ang Kto12 Program ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas ay tumutukoy sa pagkakaroon ng mandatory o required na kindergarten at karagdagang 2 taon sa dating 10-year Basic Education Cycle. Kung noon, pagkatapos ng anim na taon sa elementarya at apat na taon sa hayskul (kabuuang 10 taon) ay maaari nang makapagkolehiyo ang mga estudyante. Sa ilalim ng Kto12, bago makapagkolehiyo, kailangan pa nilang dumaan sa karagdagang 2 taon pagkatapos ng apat na taong hayskul. Sa bagong sistema, tinatawag na senior high school o junior college ang karagdagang 2 tao…
With the new K to 12 curriculum in the Philippines, various tracks are now offered in the last two years of basic education. The various options available obviously make it possible for students to find themselves later unprepared for the courses they decide to take in college. A student, for instance, who finishes the accounting business management (ABM) strand in the senior high school academic track, is now required to take additional courses if the student chooses to enroll in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) major in college. These additional courses which are now called "bridging programs" are either taken during the first year of college or over several weeks in the summer before college starts.
There are bridging programs in the United States, but these are different from the ones that are now appearing in colleges in the Philippines. In Coldwater High School in Michigan, for example, the "bridging program" is an option for students…