44% of Filipinos dissatisfied with K-12 system, survey shows

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FILE PHOTO: Students attend a flag raising ceremony before singing the national anthem at a government school in Manila on June 2, 2014. More Filipinos expressed dissatisfaction with the K-12 education program in the country, a survey has found. (Photo: JAY DIRECTO/AFP via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Students attend a flag raising ceremony before singing the national anthem at a government school in Manila on June 2, 2014. More Filipinos expressed dissatisfaction with the K-12 education program in the country, a survey has found. (Photo: JAY DIRECTO/AFP via Getty Images)

A Pulse Asia survey on Monday (July 18) shows that 44% of Filipinos are dissatisfied with the K to 12 education system.

The survey, conducted from June 24 to 27, 2022, and commissioned by incoming Senate Basic Education Committee Chairman Sen. Win Gatchalian, said that out of 1,200 respondents, 25% are “somewhat dissatisfied,” while 19% are “truly satisfied” with the country’s basic education system.

This dissatisfaction figure is 16 percentage points higher than the September 2019’s 28% dissatisfaction rate, while the satisfaction rate is at 39%, 11 percentage points lower than the 50% recorded in September 2019.

Malinaw sa boses ng ating mga kababayan na hindi sila kuntento sa programa ng K to 12. Ito ay dahil hindi natutupad ang mga pangako nito at naging dagdag na pasanin lamang ito sa ating mga magulang at mga mag-aaral,” Gatchalian said in a statement.

(It is clear from the voice of our fellow countrymen that they are not satisfied with the K to 12 program. This is because the promises of the program have not been met, and it became an additional burden for parents and students.)

Dapat nating suriin nang husto ang pagpapatupad ng K to 12 upang matiyak na natutupad nito ang layuning makapaghatid ng dekalidad na edukasyon at isulong ang pagiging competitive ng ating mga kabataan,” Gatchalian added.

(We must scrutinize the implementation of K to 12 to ensure that we are meeting the goals of bringing quality education and push our children to be more competitive in schools.)

Last month, Gatchalian expressed support for reviewing the K to 12 program, saying that the promises of the program, like providing senior high schools the skills needed to land a job after graduation, have never been fulfilled.

“I saw the numbers, majority of our senior high school cannot be employed for two reasons: the skills that we are teaching are not in line with what the industry needs and then number two: the industry finds our K to 12 graduates … not adequate on many fronts,” Gatchalian told reporters.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.

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