“You benefitted from a 10-year basic education program and yet you’re saying your program did not work. We, senators, are beneficiaries of the 10-year program. You’re saying we’re intellectually inferior?” Sen. Trillianes said during the senate hearing today June 5, 2012 grilling Education Undersecretary for Programs and Projects Yolanda Quijano on the need to shift to the educational program.
Quijano defended the program, saying the 10-year basic education system does not equip high school graduates with the skills they need for employment. [Source: rappler.com]
The Lunch Break Blogger’s Reaction:
I believe that Sen. Trillianes just over reacted with this issue. K-12 does not says we’re intellectually inferior, thus its for the advancement of the country’s educational system. I think it’s about time, we improve our educational system. I have friends saying that they’re having problems with their promotion abroad because they only have 10 years of basic education compared to our foreign employees. In terms of compensation, there are discrimination due to this issue.
I believe the K to 12 curriculum will benefit students in the rural areas. Graduates from provincial high schools will have trouble finding a job (if they can’t afford to go to college) under the 10 years curriculum because they’re still under the legal labor age. Most of the graduates will end up as household helpers because they don’t the technical skills too. Under the K to 12 curriculum, technical education will be integrated to the system during the senior high (grade 11 and 12) as preparation for employment as explained by Sec. Armin Luistro on this video. Further, when graduated under this curriculum you are at a legal age to work, students will be able to find a job to help their parents and continue studies for a degree. Thus solving problems in employment. According to Tesda, we have thousands of jobs available but we don’t have the right manpower skills for the jobs.
I think Sen. Trillianes statement was overstatement. I believe if every Filipino do their part as a solution to the problem and not being part of the problem… we can overcome any kind obstacles and problems we will have. Well this is me who’s talking… what’s your opinion about the K to 12 program?