Classes in most of the schools in the country started this week. But this school year will not be like the previous ones because this year comes the challenges of the recently signed “Enhanced Education Act of 2013.” News on TV has probably familiarized us with this with the term K+12 Program. In essence two years are added to the high school years of the students to better prepare them in higher education and at the same time give the high school graduates enough skills to be employed already after graduation.
Oppositions are on the thinking and possibility that the students are only prepared to do vocational work and not what they term as professional jobs. And at the same time, there’s the perpetual complain of the Filipinos on the added burden on the parents and students alike regarding the expenses on those extra years.
This Act is yet to prove its worth and we must bank on the provisions regarding the resources for those undertaking this large scale education program. We may be only seeing the fruits of this endeavor after several years. In the end, it may do us good if we step away from misgivings on new things and think of the benefits of this in the long run. Perhaps it’s time to truly upgrade education in the Philippines.