K-12: Yet another Educational Expense?

Education; they say it’s the only treasure that you can keep, when all money and material things were taken away from you. I can say, the most priority of the majority of Filipinos is to have their children at least be educated and get a good job. Our government even prepared a 308.9 billion budget allocation for DepEd giving it a 13. 8 percent increase on the last year’s budget. But given this budget, given the public schools and all the supplies that we sometimes get from the politicians, it’s still from the parent’s wit on where to get the pocket money, project expenses and eventually transportation expense. I firstly thought that studying in a public school would be easy because they will provide you the books, and with minimal fees, but when I had my first scholar this school year, I suddenly sought for the easy part.The school supplies, the uniform, the fees that I have to pay for, even a public school cannot cover the amount of money that I have to give in. I just hope that my scholar will study well; it’ll be the best thing to repay me. Thinking of all the expenses, I never thought about the k-12 program. I never got worried of the years added to the school year of my scholar. As I continually read on, the sense suddenly sink in. The K-12 added years will mean additional expense. OMG! I felt a sense of need to clarify this issue so that not only I but also students and parents can get ready for this type of issue. K-12 is an education system, purportedly to improve the “deteriorating” as they say, educational system that we have. It is entirely used in United States, Canada and some parts of Australia. It was initially implemented for the school year 2012-2013 and full implementation for the year 2018-2019. Basically, K-12 implements: 1. Universal kindergarten 2. Six years of elementary 3. Four years of junior High school 4. Two years of senior high school. Our basic standard of 10 years finishing high school would be added to 13 years. So that means, another 3 years of expense. While some criticism from teachers, parents and claim that it’ll be a burden on poor families and may even result to higher rate of drop outs, our government sees a brighter light on this one. The K-12 system shall give our students, courses on agriculture, arts, aquaculture etc. that shall make them hirable even without a college degree. According to BLES, for the past year, employment rate has decreased from 7.4 to 7.0 percent, given that as early as 15, people already work. Now, I wonder, how the government has prepared enough for the program, knowing the scarcity of classrooms, teachers and books. It was a drastic move for the government but I think, for mostly students and parents will feel these changes. Knowing these might give you a push to work harder, think smarter especially for educational expense. The result is yet to come, we have to be vigilant and open that it might bring out other effects on our Lives. As a start, I strongly recommend you to read this article by my friend who dedicatedly inspires people on finances - How To Save on Education Expense. Learning is saving! :) [toggle title="Sources"] http://www.thepoc.net/thepoc-features/politi-ko/politiko-opinions/10020-k-12-philippine-education-system.html http://education-teaching-careers.knoji.com/k12-education-in-the-philippines/ http://www.socialwatchphilippines.org/images2/abi2012_educ.pdf http://raindeocampo.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/bloggers-pulse-on-the-k12-education-program/ http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/127557/philippine-unemployment-rate-falls-to-7-from-7-4[/toggle]  

Mark Hugh Neri

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