“That is why, even we at CHED have committed to endorse K to 12 because we expect college students getting to tertiary institutions prepared to become real professionals,” Casiple said.
He cited that many of the nurses who opt to work abroad have to study further to enhance qualifications as professional nurses, while many in the engineering and similar fields end up as technicians or technical aides only by the global standards.
Casiple said that some of the objections to changes in the curriculum and lack of preparedness of the stakeholders are not strong arguments.
The CHED officer said the basic education curricula in the K to 12 have not changed much because the curricula are already for 12 years, just used for 10 years.
With so many activities, including suspension of classes during calamities, the number of days in school is lessened, so there is need for more years, to substantially cope, Casiple added.
The curricula are lumped, making it even difficult for students to cope and come out with quality academic outputs, not prepared for the demands of college courses, he said.
Casiple said that in Grade 12, some subjects which are meant for college, may be included already, lessening the non-academic load.
“The curriculum is a dynamic thing, always having room for revisions and enhancements, and this is what the K to 12 is doing,” Casiple further said.
As to being unprepared because of inadequate teachers, classrooms and learning resources, Casiple said, in the three years of full implementation until 2016, support measures should have already been in place.
“With the implementation now, Congress will have to allocate budget support,” Casiple said.
In reiterating his call for parents to give the government’s K to 12 a chance, Casiple said the program gives their children the chance to be productive in whichever choice they make – stop and find employment, or go to college.
If they cannot send their children to college, the K to 12 graduates, with a TESDA certificate for a specialized technical-vocational expertise, can find good employment.
“This is already free, whereas, a high school graduate before K to 12 will have to enroll in a TESDA course and pay,” Casiple said.
“If he opts to proceed to college, he is relatively well prepared because of a balanced curriculum,” the CHED officer said.
The Department of Education said the K to 12 is more of mastery of skills that makes individuals productive and professionally competent.