Revise K-12 curriculum

February 2, 2023 People's Tonight 1022 views

IT is certainly heartening to know that there’s a renewed nationwide move to revise the curriculum of the still controversial Kinder to Grade 12 (K-12) basic education program.

This after Vice President Sara Z. Duterte, concurrently secretary of the Department of Education, vowed to make the curriculum more responsive to our aspirations as a nation.

We share the view of the vice president from Davao City that there’s that need to develop lifelong learners who are imbued with 21st century skills, discipline and patriotism.

And no less than the chair of the House of Representatives’ committee on basic education and culture, Rep. Roman T. Romulo, said that it’s crucial to amend the K-12 curriculum.

This, he said, is to equip senior high school graduates with the necessary skills and competencies to make them employable as envisioned by the architects of the K-12 program.

In the view of Romulo, who represents the lone congressional district of Pasig City in the House, the K-12 curriculum is congested and must be simplified to the most essential.

He said the curriculum must be aligned with the needs and demands of industries, adding “katulad ng nabanggit ni Vice President Sara, mag-uumpisa po tayo sa curriculum adjustment.”

Parents of K-12 graduates have been complaining about additional financial burden because of what they claimed to be unfulfilled promise of employability after graduation.

Records of the Bureau of Curriculum Development said that 83 percent of senior high school (K-12) graduates pursued higher education, while only 10 percent found employment.

Thus, Vice President Duterte, Congressman Romulo and other well-meaning leaders are on the right track in moving for the revision of the K-12 curriculum.