By Alexander Villafania
PASIG CITY, METRO MANILA—Six to seven (about 65 percent) Filipinos believe that the K+12 education reform spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd) will prepare their children better for higher education, according to a survey.
The survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) also noted that 61 percent of adults also think that children will finish school and get better jobs.
The March 2012 report of the SWS also showed that 59 percent of those surveyed said they think more students will be encouraged to finish the K+12 senior high school level, believing that that additional two years in high school are equivalent to college-level education.
Ever since the SWS conducted the monthly survey from June 2011, the number of adults who believe in the basic education reform has remained high.
Adults interviewed in Metro Manila were more encouraged by the program (68 percent), followed by the rest of Luzon (66 percent), then the Visayas (61 percent).
In addition, the March 2012 survey also emphasized in the increase of believers from the lower economic “C” class, from 55 percent the previous month to 68 percent in March. There was a slight increase for “E” class (from 58 percent to 60 percent), but a decrease in the “ABC” class (from 70 percent to 67 percent).
The survey showed that only 49 percent of adult Filipinos were familiar that other countries were already using the standard 12-year basic education programs. The Philippines is one of the few countries that is still using the 10-year basic education program.
Fifty-one percent of those surveyed said that they became aware about the differences in number of years from the survey itself.
Still, awareness was higher (68 percent) among Filipinos, at least for those surveyed in Metro Manila.
Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro said the results of the survey underscored the appreciation of Filipinos with the K to 12.
“It is important to us that many people are now beginning to appreciate the merits of K to 12, a reform program that will open more opportunities to our youngpeople,” Luistro said in a statement.
DepEd has finally implemented the K+12 program this June, starting with kindergarten and the first six years of primary education (Grades 1-6) and incoming first year high school students (Grade 7).
By school year 2016-2017, DepEd will implement Grade 11 and 12 (high school years 5 and 6).
The implementation of the K+12 program was met with criticism from various sectors, particularly party lists in the House of Representatives, several congressmen and senators.
The main criticism is lack of budget, which caused existing education problems such as lack of school materials, classrooms, and low teacher salaries.
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