The Department of Education continues to work on ways and means to improve the educational setting here in the Philippines. This might have been brought about by the many educational surveys and researches where the Philippine schools have kept ranking in the lower set, if not yet the lowest. Many of these surveys and researches have shown very unsatisfactory results especially in Math’s and Sciences.
This could be very appalling for the many Filipino educators who have proven over the years to be trainers and teachers to many foreigners – other Asians the most – who are now ranking higher when it comes to the effectiveness and efficiency of the educational system being run in their countries.
The K to 12 seems to be the answer that the Department of Education has come up with in order to upgrade and level up the educational system in the Philippines.
But then, we should also be on the look out as to the readiness of the Filipino students and parents to this curriculum which is basically patterned to the 12-year basic education in the United States, Europe and even in most schools in Asia.
Are the Philippine schools, teachers, administrators and the Filipino community ready to adapt with the big lead in our educational system? Can we all really rise up to the many challenges awaiting our basic education courses – elementary and secondary?
This pilot year of K to 12 will give us the answers.

By: Elisa O. Violeta | Teacher III | Tomas Pinpin Memorial Elementary School | Abucay, Bataan

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