Senior High School (SHS), composed of grades 11 and 12, will be nationally introduced in School Year 2016–2017 and School Year 2017–2018, respectively. It caps the entire K to 12 curriculum in Philippine education, which hopes to produce “holistically developed Filipinos with twenty-first century skills,” the first batch of which will graduate in 2018.
Aligned with the goals and features of the other lower levels of the K to 12 Curriculum, i.e., Kindergarten, Primary Education (grades 1–6), and Junior High School (grades 7–10), the SHS level is also learner-centered, inclusive and research based; standard and competence-based, seamless, and decongested; inclusive, culture-responsive and culture sensitive, integrative and contextualized, relevant and responsive; flexible, ICT- based, and global. The Department of Education (DepEd) envisions that by the end of grade 12, the senior high school students shall have possessed the following:
The SHS students are also expected to be able to “apply functional knowledge, technical skills, and values in academic and real-life situations through sound reasoning, informed decision making, and the judicious use of resources.”
The SHS curriculum has 31 80-hour subjects, of which 15 are Core Subjects with content and competencies common in any track and 16 are Track Subjects with competencies common in any track (7 are contextualized subjects and 9 are specialization subjects).
Moreover, the SHS Core Curriculum consists of eight Learning Areas namely, Language, Humanities, Communication, Mathematics, Philosophy, Science, Social Science, and PE and Health. The Academic, Technical-Vocational-Livelihood, Sports, and Arts and Design compose the SHS Tracks from which the SHS students can choose. Their chosen track will serve as their specialization, which will contribute to their preferred or desired exit after basic education, any of which can possibly bring them a better life: to pursue higher education, to develop middle level skills, to get employed right away after a national certification, or to become an entrepreneur—any of these will help them “find or create meaningful opportunities where they are” and will lead them to greater and bigger contribution to the community.
Furthermore, those who decide to take the Academic Track to pursue higher education may also choose from four strands: General Academic; Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM); Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS); and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Indeed, the introduction of the SHS poses a huge challenge not only to education, but also to all sectors of the society. The immensity of the challenge needs immediate attention and action from all concerned.
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