DepEd (Department of Education) aiming to promote the quality of education in the Philippines has introduced the K12 program taking effect today which is also the opening of the class for this school year. The K12 model involves Kindergarten, six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school (Grades 7 to 10) and two years of senior high school (Grades 11 to 12). In my humble opinion, it is a wise move by the DepEd ONLY IF they were able to look into and addressed well first the very core of the problems leading to poor quality of education in the Philippines. How could one expect quality education to result from overcrowded classrooms (add to it the burden involving poor school facilities) and the shortage of competent teachers? It could mean additional expenses, too, for the parents who are sending kids to school that the extended schooling may have cost and brought.
At this point of time, quality education can not be measured in the number of years one has to spend in school but in the effectiveness of such a teacher-student transformation taking place. Quality education must be free and available to everyone. With excellent school facilities, competent teachers, and all other problems given solutions, I think ten years are enough. Why prolong when the basic needs for school are still to be addressed? Redefining quality of education in the Philippines only takes a common sense. The solution, very simple (much more like of a common sense thing than coming up with a seeming bright idea that will only complicate the situation): equip the school with better facilities, free tuition, eradicate corruption from among the department's high-ranking officials to the lowest, and train teachers to become most competent and increase their salaries. It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education, to quote from Robert Green Ingersoll, than to have education without common sense.