Broadcast journalist Ted Failon
Broadcast journalist Ted Failon investigates the impact of the K (Kindergarten) - 12 basic education curriculum (BEC) reform program, which was implemented by the Department of Education last year, on impoverished Filipino families this Saturday (May 25) in the award-winning investigative program “Failon Ngayon.”
Under the K-12 program, students must go through one year in Kindergarten, six years in elementary, four years in junior high school, and another two years for senior high school as opposed to the old program wherein students only have to spend six years in elementary and four years in high school. Many Filipino parents are against the K-12 program because it requires their children to spend longer years of studying basic education in school, which will also affect and increase the family’s annual expenses.
DepEd, on the other hand, appealed to the public to give the K-12 program a chance since the said program will better prepare Filipinos for tertiary education and even for work.
Meanwhile, the problem in the country’s educational system doesn’t end there because according to IBON Foundation, the government still has not addressed the shortage of chairs, textbooks, and even teachers in various public schools nationwide.
Is the P337 billion budget allotted by the government for education this 2013 enough to solve the country’s problems in education? Are Filipinos really ready for the K-12 program?
Don’t miss this full report in “Failon Ngayon” this Saturday (May 25), 4:45 PM, after SOCO on ABS-CBN with a replay on ANC every Sunday, 2PM. Visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/failon.ngayon and follow it on Twitter via @Failon_Ngayon. Tweet your thoughts and reaction this weekend using the hashtag #FailonNgayon. (Story/Photos by: Kane Errol Choa)