Aspirant Teacher Scrutiny to the K-12 Education Program in the Philippines

Image courtesy of Teach for the Philippines
Image courtesy of Teach for the Philippines

Gone are the days of transferring the whole book onto students notebooks. The teaching evolves. Experiential learning, active learning, discovery learning, meaningful learning, project based or outcome based education, whatever you may call it, the purpose is always the same to understand fully the lesson being taught through direct experiences and any possible means that involve more of the human senses because theoretically and practically speaking the more senses involve in studying the more information will remain. This was also one of the reasons why the Philippines Education transform into 12 years basic education program or the K-12 program.

The program is Excellent. Excellent by context. This is to be expected, after all, this is the Philippines, we are very good in context. But not in application and implementation.

As a student, I totally stand on the affirmative. Education can’t be done overnight, hence the longer the time you immerse with it, the better. Considering we are one of the few countries that still have a 10 year basic education program and the idea that transfer students or exchange student can be entertained because we have the same year of basic education astound me and believe again to the good outputs of the program.

Fortunately, I answered to the call. The call of teaching as my contribution to society. In the process and preparation to becoming one there is field study in which students will be going to observe an actual public classroom. We were late to be deployed and unfortunately senior high class was the one we have observed. My optimism failed me and disappointment resided with me and in the long run it has become anger. My belief and stand to the program collapses abruptly when the reality slapped me.

How dare the DepEd and others department and offices of the president (the later) have the audacity to brag about the program and how they prepare for this transition from 10 years to 12 years basic education program. Where is the primary reason why the Philippines implemented the k-12 program, to improve the quality of education and to train specific skills. It is nowhere to be found.

How can teachers train  students to be a welder if no welding machines available? How can we taste the possible dishes that a student of Food and Beverages Services could offer if there is no even a table to bake on? Isn’t why we transcend to K-12 because of the Outcome Based Education? Then, how can the student have an outputs if there is no materials and equipment to begin with?

Apparently if this continues many parents would be forced to enroll their children to a private school that offers the equipment that a public school failed to do so. I can help but to conclude that Education has become a business in this contemporary capitalist country. It seems to me that we have never step up to the ladder of education, still the elite will have an education easily and the poor will remain to struggle to fight for the free and right education that they deserve as the democracy promised.

And who is to blame? The administration that started it, the one who created the program. Created not implemented, because it was never implemented but it increases the burden of the teachers, parents, and the students. Because they were the one who try to fill and bring remedies to the inadequacy of the program.

My observation experience in public schools made me remember that during the 10 years basic education the problem of lack of facilities and materials such as , books, chairs, textbooks were never new. And how ironic it is now that the problem of 10 years basic education which is primarily lack of budget is now being increase into 12 years of basic education. This makes me wonder what is truly the purpose of the K-12 program?

That leaves me again with the idea how underprivileged struggle for inclusive education and how capitalist use education as leverage.

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