Education Secretary Armin Luistro assures that development in Mindanao and access for every stu-dent in the country to basic education are some of the objectives of the education reform that would be implemented through the K-to-12 program.
“Part of the challenge of the K-to-12 [Kindergarten to Grade 12] program is that no Mindanaoan will be left behind. If Mindanao progresses, the Philippines will progress,” Luistro said during the gather-ing of over 4,000 education stakeholders from Mindanao who support the education reform.
“K-to-12 is not just a national educational reform program. This reform was anchored in hopes, dreams and challenges that you in Mindanao faced. It is the time for the educators and stakeholders here to rewrite the story of Mindanao,” Luistro added.
Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon said the local government of Tagum is committed in the successful implementation of the K-to-12.
“We, education stakeholders, made it a point that education is not a spending but an investment. K-to-12 is an investment for the future,” Rellon added.
Several students from Mindanao shared how the education reform and their decision to undergo the early implementation of senior high school, Grades 11 and 12, changed the course of their lives.
“Isa ako sa magandang bunga ng K-to-12 sa pagkakaroon ng magandang training na kailangan ko sa paghahanap-buhay. Nagagamit ko ang mga kasanayang nakamit sa isang tribal school (I am one of the good results of K-to-12 is the access to good training that we need to earn a living. We can use the training in the tribal school),” said Marian Clarell Bularon, Grade 11, Kling National High School in Sa-rangani.
Lyn Joy Olana, a Grade 9 student from Impasug-ong National High School in Bukidnon also attested that with K-to-12, their cultural knowledge is given importance.
Elaine Salar, a mother from Surigao City, lauded the K-to-12 program as his son landed a job as en-coder after finishing the program.
Under the K-to-12 reform, a student will be required to undergo kindergarten, six years of primary education (Grades 1-6), four years of junior high school (Grades 7-10) and two years of senior high school (Grades 11-12).