K-to-12 is now a law
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
President Benigno Aquino III has finally signed into law the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, better known as the K-to-12 Act that adds three years to our present ten-year curriculum.
Upon implementation, the law will establish a universal kindergarten in all public and private schools in the country. This is intended to put us at par with the educational system of most other countries in the world that require a 12-year basic training for all students before going into college courses for their eventual careers.
Under it, kindergarten will be added to elementary education, meaning an extra year to the previous Grades one to six, and two more for high school. Among the justifications for the adoption of this new curriculum was the fact that ours is one of the very few countries, among them some of the most underprivileged ones, that still adhere to the 10-year training.
That is why our graduates are often at a disadvantage when they seek employment abroad. Companies and establishments they apply with, especially if these are involved in services or production that require the completion of international standards of basic education.
There had been a lot of objections to the adoption of this new system, especially by parents who claim that the added years will only mean more expenses for them, and less years for their children to become earners themselves.
In signing the new law, now to be known as Republic Act No. 10533, the President said that the new system will ensure that the coming generations are empowered to strengthen the fabric of our society and our economy.
This, he also said, will address the shortcomings of the 10-year system to make them learn better and become competitive with graduates from any college or university all over the world.
Let us rally our parents and educators, therefore, into accepting this innovation that will surely impact on the preparation of the next generations, not only for the future, but for one that they will face with greater confidence and the sense that their own education is not inferior, but may be even better than most.*