SHS — for better or for worse?
Students complaining, parents wondering, “Why?”
Why is it really, that the government had to implement this kind of program?
Senior High School — where it covers the last two years of the K to 12 program and includes Grades 11 and 12. In SHS, students will go through a core curriculum and subjects under a track of their choice.
Why does it have to be implemented?
These two additional years will equip learners with skills that will better prepare them for the future, whether it be:
- Skills Development (Further Tech-Voc training)
- Higher Education (College)
But how about the expenses? Are there going to be additional expenses because of the said program?
- Not necessarily.
- Senior High School “completes” basic education by making sure that the high school graduate is equipped for work, entrepreneurship, or higher education. This is a step up from the 10-year cycle where high school graduates still need further education (and expenses) to be ready for the world.
- SHS will be offered free in public schools and there will be a voucher program in place for public junior high school completers as well as ESC beneficiaries of private high schools should they choose to take SHS in private institutions.
- This means that the burden of expenses for the additional two years need not be completely shouldered by parents.
What will students learn in SHS that the current high school curriculum doesn’t include?
Senior High School covers eight (8) learning areas as part of its core curriculum, and adds specific tracks (similar to college courses) based on four (4) disciplines:
- Academic (which includes Business, Science & Engineering, Humanities & Social Science, and a General Academic strand)
- Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (with highly specialized subjects with TESDA qualifications)
- Arts & Design
Upcoming SHS Students may pick a track based on how he or she will want to proceed after high school graduation.
Is SHS after all, for better or for worse?
Given its benefits and advantages, I can say that the additional years in the curriculum of every student is for the better because it [SHS] will help students to decide early with what they are going to take in College also SHS, being a college-like approach, will enable students to adjust with the future environment, SHS will also make students choose the specific track that is related to their college life, giving them a focused mindset and a right path.