If you’re a parent with kids still studying in elementary or in high school, you probably went through a phase of doubt and hesitation when the government gave the go signal to implement the K to 12 Education System in the country.
The implementation of the K to 12 system required quite some adjustments for educational institutions and families. Information campaigns and career guidance campaigns were set out to educate everyone. Here are some quick facts about the K to 12 Educational System in the Philippine settings.
Fact #1 :The K to 12 education system actually has 13 years of basic education
Having the K to 12 education system covers 13 years of basic education, following key states of learning for the student.
The learning stages of a student is divided into four (4) : Kindergarten to Grade 3, Grade 4 to Grade 6, Grade 7 to Grade 10 (Junior High School), and Grade 11 to Grade 12 (Senior High School).
Fact #2 : The Philippines is the last Asian country to implement the K to 12 curriculum
The K to 12 curriculum is actually the norm in other continents and in Asia, with the Philippines as the last one to implement this type of educational system.
Since the implementation of the K to 12 curriculum in the Philippines in 2013, there are only two remaining countries who have yet to join in, they are Angola and Djibouti (both countries belonging to Africa).
Fact #3 : Senior High School students have three (3) academic tracks they may choose from
The design of the K to 12 curriculum is to provide enough time for students to master concepts and skills that they will require in their college years and professional careers. Three academic tracks are incorporated in the curriculum which students may choose from, based on their aptitude and interests.
Those three academic tracks are as follows :
- Business, Accountancy, and Management (BAM);
- Humanities, Education, Social Sciences (HESS); and
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Special curriculum programs of schools may still be implemented, so long as they follow the K to 12 standard.
Fact #4 : Students can choose not to finish grade 11 and grade 12 (senior high school)
Students actually have the option not to finish the last two years of their K to 12 studies. They will be grade 10 completers but not high school graduates. It is still highly recommended, however, for students to finish senior high school so they are future-ready.
To know more about St. Edward Schools’ academic tracks for grade 11 and grade 12 students, email seis.edu.ph or call 0915-359-9937 / (046) 423-5821.