The Philippines is the last Asian nation to adopt the K-12 program. In the middle of this change, countless groups have judged it since the country enforced the program in 2011. Alongside, the government expects this response from the public but drives its enforcement to advance learning in the country.
Its critics may have little knowledge on the K-12 method. Even teachers and non-teaching staff still doubt if this scheme is effective. As consequence, the amendment triggered many groups to oppose its enforcement and aim to stop or, at least, stall its use.
Issues Addressed by the Department of Education
Should the K-12 learning system cause great worry among teachers or must it instead challenge them to offer the finest learning experience to their students? In review, though, none of the issues they raised can affect them and their work negatively.
Here are a few worries critics connect to the K-12 learning program, along with helpful answers from the Department of Education (DepEd).
- Will the K-12 system involve further teaching load?Teachers will not have more workload and will continue to teach six hours per day.
- Will teachers’ salary increase as an effect of the K-12 program?Since teachers will not receive added workload, they will not gain more pay although increases from performance-based bonus, promotion, or Salary Standardization Law still apply.
- How should teachers prepare themselves for the new system?
DepEd promises to afford teachers with trainings to equip them on the K-12 program. In the same manner, it vows to work with the Commission on Higher Education or CHED to make sure the Teacher Education course meets the needed standards. Teachers must join the trainings to arm themselves with the right knowledge on the K-12 structure.
DepEd confirms its readiness to safeguard the K-12 system’s success. It will make the trainings and workshops accessible to new teachers to deliver the best learning to students and residents.
Effects Expected of the Program
The K-12 program is successful in other parts of the world. Hence, the government expects this new learning scheme will keep learners at par with the best because it boasts of excellent features.
- Uses student-centered teaching style
- Teaches vital life skills
- Ensures students will gain job-relevant skills
- Does/will not affect college learning but instead afford learners a fruitful career
These reasons must be enough to inspire teachers to support the K-12 method and save themselves from worrying over its practice. With government officials, teachers, students, and the public working together, the Philippines will yield global-ready talents. Each mentor just needs to focus on the new scheme’s bright and lasting effects.