What Is Wrong with DepEd's K+12?
|Chart based on OECD Data|
There is really no difference between absenteeism and extremely short instructional hours. In fact, the short instructional hours may even promote absenteeism. When I first criticized DepEd's K+12, I made the following comment:
Last but not the least (in fact, this point is crucial), the proposed K plus 12 curriculum also involves short school hours. This seems to be an attempt to enable multiple shifts in the schools. This goes against decongesting the curriculum. It likewise does not make it worthwhile for schoolchildren especially those who have to travel far to attend school. This also opens opportunities for child labor as well as greater environmental (outside of school) influences on children education. Elementary schools in the US are full day so that students do have time to cover the material and, at the same time, it allows parents to work and be more productive. A full day in school means less television, less video games, less time on the streets, and less other activities that do not contribute to a sound education of the young.
|Above figure copied from Attendance Works|