LOUD WHISPERS| Knowing the K to 12 program what needs more to prepare?

THE K TO 12 Educational Program of the government is really controversial. It is not because it will surprise only a few now (those who don’t know exactly what it is all about) but it is a kind of overhauling of the curriculum in the primary, elementary, high school and college levels.

     In consonance with Section 30 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of R.A. 19533 known as the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, the DepEd has announced the national implementation of the Senior High School (SHS) program for School Year 2016-1017 and onwards.

     Prior to this (a year ago), they also announced the implemention of the Junior High School, but it seems that not all and everybody knows about this, that there is what we now call the Junior High and the Senior High. And what is confusing is, these two levels can be offered by Colleges and Universities, meaning, they can offer high school classes in their insitutions.

     DepEd Memorandum No. 4, s. 2014 states that in preparation for the national implementation of the SHS program, the schools, individuals, corporations, foundations or organizations, which fall within categories A, B, C may signify their intention to offer SHS. Why are they allowed?

Of course, the justification is, not all elementary schools and buildings are prepared for this program. They have limitations in terms classrooms, chairs, facilities, teachers, books, and other needs of a high school student, in so far as classroom instruction is concerned.

   Thus, the implementation of K to 12 program has been vested in public and private schools or institutions that fall under these categories.

     Category A. Private schools which have been granted recognition by the DepEd to offer secondary education (Years 1-1V) and private schools which have been granted at least Level II accreditation by any of the accrediting agencies under the Federation of Accrediting Agencies in the Philippines (FAAP).

     Category B. Non-Deped schools which have been issued a permit or government recognition by (i) the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to offer any training course and/ore (ii) the CHED to offer any higher education program;

     Non-DepEd schools which have been granted Level II accreditation by any of the accrediting agencies under the FAAP;

     Non-DepEd schools, which have been granted at least Bronze accreditation status by the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC), and

       Category C. Other individuals, corporations, foundations, or organizations duly recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

     I surmise not all teachers in the country are fully aware that there are changes in the curriculum particularly, in the elementary and high school levels. That, there are also changes in the College level because some colleges will have to offer some high school subjects. There are two levels in the high school now: The Junior HS and the Senior High. This doesn’t mean Junior Prom or Senior Prom where students got to wear pink or blue attire or gown. These are of course, course offerings which can be granted to Colleges or Higher Education Institutions whose enrolment can not meet the administrative requirements of the school or institution, otherwise, it will just close shop.

     For K to 10 subjects, here are the offerings: Kindegarten, Mother Tongue, Filipino, English, Mathematics, Science, Araling Panlipunan, Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao (EsP), Music, Arts, Physical Education, Health, Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan (EPP), Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) and Home Economics.

       Under Home Economics, the following subjects can be offered: Beauty care, Nail care services, caregiving, cookery, Front office services, Handicraft, Household services, Dressmaking, Travel services, Wellness massage. Agri Fishery Arts: Agri-crop production, Animal production, Aguaculture, Horticulture. Industrial Arts: Automotive services, Carpentry, Consumer electronics services, Electrical installation and maintenance, Plumbing, Refrigeratio and airconditioning, Shielded metal arc welding, Masonry. Information and Communications Technology (ICT): Computer hardware servicing, Illustration, Technical drafting, and Contact center services.

     For Senior High School Contextualized Subjects, the following are the offerings in either the Colleges, Universities (those who have applied for) or in the High School institutions: English for academic and professional purposes; Research in Daily Life l; Research in Daily Life 2; Pagsulat sa Filipino sa Piling Larangan; Akademik; Sports; Sining; Tech-Voc: Empowerment Technologies for professional track; Entrepreneurship; Research project/Culminating activity.

(My friends and readers, more about these, next issue… don’t miss reading it.) FVS

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