IN SPITE the good results in the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program, the Department of Education (DepEd) in Davao Region continues to call for the full support on the program.
The K to 12 program covers 13 years of the basic education with its key stages: the Kindergarten to Grade 3, Grades 4 to 6, Grades 7 to 10 (Junior High School) and Grades 11 and 12 (Senior High School).
DepEd spokesperson Jenielito Atillo told SunStar Davao that there is no truth that the K to 12 will be stopped. He added that, in fact, the department and its respective divisions are savoring the effect of their first regular graduation.
Atillo said their department has been seeing good results on the implementation of the K to 12 program, considering students who have gone through the program were able to learn and have additional skills like welding and cooking.
"If you dig deeper, you will see minors who were able to really use their own faculties like they have their own skills... and these are minors na kabalo na mupahiluna sa ilang mga kaugalingon na pwede nilang panginabuhian (these are minors who now know how to take care of themselves and will be able to work)," Atillo said.
Atillo said though the K to 12 started not actually in a “bed of roses”, the good outweighs the bad when it comes to the implementation of the program. He added that they could see the good results on the part of the students or minors.
"We are actually savoring the effect of the first regular graduation since the program started. When it comes to the entrepreneurial aspect, these are matters we are reaping as a result of the program," he said.
Atillo said if they are going to rate the implementation of the program from 1 to 10, it would 9. He believes that there is still room for improvement for the program, particularly the effort to have more partners and acceptance of the program.
Philippines is the last country in Asia and one of only three countries worldwide with a 10-year pre-university cycle.
The 12-year program is found to be the best period for learning under basic education. It is also the recognized standard for students and professionals globally.