Academic excellence is one of the things that Filipinos strive for. Practicing global competitiveness stands as one of the goals of the Filipino youth which makes this years’ first Senior High School implementation not surprising at all. Yet as Senior High School officially begins this school year 2016-2017, the program will be running with many Filipinos still mirroring their doubts on its success and necessity – particularly in Manolo Fortich National High School.
Additional two years on secondary education appeals to be just additional burden to most families in the community. Years of additional expenses and hardships for the less fortunate became another term for this pre-university cycle alteration. But what most missed is the government’s emphasis on how this new curriculum can thoroughly affect our nation’s progress and even uplift our country’s leadership if given full acceptance and support. It gives a brighter chance whether or not one would choose to continue to a higher education or settle with finding a job after graduating.
Offering specified strands under academic, technical vocational livelihood, sports, and arts and design tracks, SHS assures more skilled high school graduates by the end of the program. Aiming to produce employment ready graduates, this two-year skills training will focus on nurturing the students’ potentials according to what strand they’ll choose to study. This will provide the students with abilities to become employed and even to establish their own business as early after completing grades 11 and 12. If one would look closely, the program could give us an opportunity to spend less in preparing for our employment or entrepreneurship.
We are one of those few countries who remained with the 10-year educational cycle before college. Manolo Fortich National High School is one of those who are producing a great number of potential graduates whom some unfortunately didn’t get the capacity to proceed to college. But having an imposed law concerning the implementation of the K to 12 program, the Philippines now has moved a step forward to a much better education which can equip our youth in a much lesser time. Granted a child wants to pursue higher education, the SHS program would enable him/her to be more prepared whatever lies there in college.
Manolo Fortich National High School was given the ability to cater senior high students who would like to study under the academic track and technical vocational track. Facilities are on their way of making themselves useful for the coming huge wave of students. It was understandable that people were doubtful on how this program would end up. But it will also be vital for our nation’s future if we will open our eyes on what really is about to happen if we’ll support this program as we take into consideration the greatness its aftermath could give.
Through implementing SHS, the Manolo Fortich National High School sees a much better chance for to equate with the current trends of the educational system. Our present administration knows that through intensifying the Senior High School program in our school, it is greatly possible for us to create a 21st century-skilled generation with equipped minds and great leaders who can help uplift our community and our nation to progress.
Henceforth, Senior High School is a big opportunity for the Filipinos to just let it pass. It has genuine purpose of improving the educational system of the Philippines. This change is not just another problem we need to surpass but another opportunity we need to grab. Yes it may affect many plans already laid ahead by some or prolong the hardships of the people, but on the other hand, it opens a lot of doors after the completion of Senior High School. It all comes down to willingness to embrace change for a better outcome. After all, excellence cannot be achieved without stepping out of our comfort zone and accepting reforms as challenges to become better.