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Although K-12 has been in the news ever since it was announced to be implemented here in the Philippines, my knowledge about it is very limited. That is why I readily said yes when I was invited to the recent YTC Blogger Meet-Up, with the theme ~ K-12 Education: How Kids Can Adopt. Now it might take a few more years before the little man experience the effects of the newly-implemented change in the Philippine education system, but it does pay to be in the know and I was hoping I can enlighten a bunch of other mums who are baffled about the issue as I am.

K-12 Education in a nutshell

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While most of our neighboring countries, including Brunei, Cambodia, Singapore, and Thailand have an average of 13 years of basic education, the Philippines has the shortest education duration of 10 years among Asian countries. For this reason and in line with the Department of Education {DepEd}’s pursuit to continuously improve the Philippine education system, a major education reform known as the K-12 Curriculum {under Republic Act 10533} was implemented. Under the K-12 Curriculum, Kindergarten is now mandatory for every 5-year old Filipino child, as well as the additional 2 years in the high school or secondary education.

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The K-12 Curriculum is geared towards producing holistically-developed Filipinos with 21st Century skills with mid-level skills development and higher education upon graduation, who are ready for employment and entrepreneurship.

K-12 Curriculum graduates are aimed to be equipped with the following skills:

  • Info media and Tech skills
  • Learning and Innovations skills
  • Effective Communication skills
  • Life and Career skills

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The key changes in the Elementary Curriculum under the K-12 include:

  • Kindergarten ~ which is now mandatory for all Filipino children 5 years of age
  • Medium of Instruction ~ Mother-tongue {Filipino, Kapampangan, and the likes} will be the main medium of instruction for all subjects, including Math, Science, Araling Panlipunan, Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao, Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health {MAPEH}, Filipino, and English
  • Learning areas ~ now include integrated language arts, spiral progression Math, spiral progression Science, and career pathways
  • Assessment ~ under K-12, students will be assessed through the following parameters ~ Product/Performance {30%}, Knowledge {30%}, Process/Skills {25%}, and Understanding {30%}. The National Achievement Test {or NAT} will still be administered as an end-of-grade 6 assessment, and will also serve as an Elementary exit examination, as well as an entrance examination for Grade 7. Grade 10 students will also go through an assessment for senior high school and chosen track qualification, while end of Grade 12 examination will serve as the K-12 end exam, as well as a university entrance exam.

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There are varied reactions to the implementation of the K-12 Curriculum. Some are questioning the readiness of our government to implement such changes, others are wondering whether we have enough budget for all the new expenses it entails, and then there are others who believe that in will only mean additional expenses, especially for those who are struggling so they can send their children to school. You might be for or against the K-12 but here are a few reasons why I thought it is timely to implement this much-needed change in our local education system:

  • it will allow mastery of competencies amongs students with each academic year de-congested to give way to the additional years
  • it facilitates smooth transition between grade levels, as well as smooth transition between quarters which ought to be beneficial to students
  • it features an enriched integration and interconnection among subject areas thereby facilitating a more seamless way of learning for children
  • it features developmentally or age-appropriate lessons that are sensitive to the age level of the students

How Can Our Children Adapt to K-12?

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The additional years of learning the K-12 entails sure are enough to cause mums worries, but it is good that we can also follow different measures to help our children adapt. Refer to the image above for some of these tips.

YTC also launched their Summer K-12 Bridging Programs to help children transition from the current curriculum to the K-12. These bridging programs focus on developing and strengthening the coping skills of kindergarten up to Grade 10 students.

The Summer K-12 Bridging Programs offered by YTC include:

  • Basic Reading for Kinder and Grade 1
  • Math for Kinder and Grade 1
  • Science for Grade 4 – Grade 6
  • Grammar with Sentence Construction for Grade 4 – Grade 6
  • Basic Algebra for Grade 7
  • Advanced Algebra for Grade 7
  • Chemistry for Grade 7
  • Physics for Grade 7

YTC in a nutshell

Your Tutorial Center {YTC} is a 3-in-1 education center that offers Tutorial, Review, and Language Programs. It primarily provides Academic Tutorial programs from preschool to college all year-round.

YTC has a main center in Sta. Mesa Heights in Quezon City, as well as branches in Alabang, Caloocan, Las Pinas, Malolos City, and Davao City.

If you are interested YTC is hosting a Seminar on Tutorial Business on Saturday, 25 April, 2015 from 9am-5pm at PTTC, Pasay City. For inquiries, contact YTC at {02}410.8456/0917.626.7908.

For more information about YTC, and their Summer K-12 Bridging Programs they offer, you may reach them through any of the following:

  • YTC Website ~ www.yourtutorialcenter.com
  • :computer: ~ info@yourtutorialcenter.com
  • :phone: ~ {02}410.8456
  •  :cell: ~ {0932}855.5982

YTC International Edulinks, INC.
#411 N.S. Amoranto Sr. Ave., Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City
{0932}8666.982

YTC ~ Malolos City, Bulacan
Central Park Pavilion
#57 Sto. Rosario, Malolos City, Bulacan
{0925}533.3982

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is a 30-something work-at-home mum who blogs in between home chores + child-minding. i love coffee, books + reading, collecting lovely postcards, + spending loads of time outdoors with my little man.