The Future Is Not As Bright As the Sun for Many K-12 Graduates?

Many K-12 Graduates Can’t Find Good-Paying Employment Opportunities

More and more students graduate from the K-12 but many of them still cannot find a good-paying job to support their families.

In 2012, the educational curriculum in the Philippines was shifted from a 10-year currulum to a 12-year one. Students have to go through the kindergarten stage, 6 years of primary education, 4 years in junior high school, and another 2 years in senior high school under the K-12 program. The curriculum eyed to produce Filipino high school graduates who are fit to work.

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The K-12 curriculum gained different reactions from students, parents, teachers, and from many Filipinos. Some supported the new curriculum, others believe it will only increase the burden on the part of both parents and students. I believe it was the quality of education and not the quantity of years in school that the authorities should have addressed first.

It is important to provide an environment that is conducive for learning. It is a key to greatly facilitate the students’ ability to comprehend the lessons and to develop the skills ought to be honed by the discussions and activities in school. While I also believe that the 12-year curriculum has the best intentions for the learners, the educational system of the country has underlying problems that call for actions — the inadequate teacher-student ratio in classrooms, the outdated textbooks in some schools, and a lot more.

K-12 Graduates
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K-12 wants to make the learners develop mid-level skills for work in case they cannot pursue their tertiary education. This is where another problem in the Philippines is being made more visible — the unemployment.

As more and more students who graduated from the K-12 program cannot proceed to college, the unemployment rate in the country is also affected. A lot of K-12 graduates were not able to land on jobs. In some cases, they found employment opportunities but the salary is not that promising.

Also, we cannot blame employers who prefer college graduate job applicants over those who finished the K-12 program and were not able to proceed. The unemployment rate in the country which was at 4.5% in June and the problems in the educational sector are among those that should be addressed.

As Dr. Jose Rizal has said, “The Youth is the hope of the Motherland”. I believe the authorities must prepare admirable employment opportunities for the K-12 graduates who cannot afford to proceed to college. This should be prioritized as much as the goal of bettering the quality of education offered in the country.

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