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For the last few years now, parents and students alike have had to confront with the changes brought about by a major education reform known as the new K-12 curriculum. I have to admit that although I’ve done some research about it and have attended briefings in my kids’ school, my understanding about it was still quite limited. Thankfully, I recently got invited to attend a more comprehensive talk about the topic by Your Tutorial Center.


Your Tutorial Center or YTC is a 3-in-1education center which offers Tutorial, Review and Language programs. YTC primarily provides ACADEMIC TUTORIAL programs from preschool to college all throughout the year.

Last March 21, YTC invited me and other mom bloggers for a gathering at Conti’s in Greenbelt in order to explain to us what the K-12 curriculum is really all about and how we can help our kids cope with the changes that it brings.

You might ask “Why is there a need to implement the K-12 curriculum anyway?”. There is a need to do so because our present curriculum is not enough to produce graduates who are fit to compete globally. This is because the Philippines is the last country in Asia and one of the only three (3) countries in the world with a 10-year pre-university program, whereas the rest of the world already follows a 12-year curriculum.

Basically, the K-12 curriculum aims to produce Filipino graduates who are holistically-developed with 21st century skills through its program and services geared to prepare kids and teens for higher education, middle-level skills development and entrepreneurship.

The key features of the K-12 curriculum are as follows:

  • Decongested – topics discussed were lessened to focus on the “essentials” and the “must teach” allows mastery of competencies
  • Seamless – vertical (smooth transition between grade levels) and horizontal (smooth transition between quarters) articulation
  • Enriched – integration of and interconnection between and among subject areas
  • Developmentally- or age-appropriate – sensitive to age level of the students’ different levels of complexity

The major changes we an expect include the following:

  • The education program includes mandatory preschool education for five-year old children before entering the 6-year elementary school as well as going through additional 2 years in the high school or secondary education.
  • Aside from this new structure, the medium of instruction from kindergarten to Grade 3 will now be mother tongue-based. This means that the K to 12 student will be taught the core learning areas using his first language.
  • The National Achievement Test (popularly known as NAT) will still be administered as an end-of-grade 6 assessment but this time will serve both as an exit examination from elementary and entrance examination for Grade 7.
  • Grade 10 students will also go through an assessment to qualify for senior high school and their chosen track.
  • The end of Grade 12 examination will not only be the end of K to 12 exam but also serve as entrance exam for university.

With all these changes happening,  it can be quite difficult for our kids to adjust, which means we have to do what we can to make the transition as smooth as possible. Parents like us need to help our kids to mentally and emotionally process these changes so as to eliminate fears and cope with “anticipatory change jitters”. Aside from these, there are also private educational sectors, such as YTC, who can also help you and your kids adapt to the new K-12 curriculum.

This summer, YTC will be offering Summer K-12 Bridging Programs that will focus on developing and strengthening the coping skills of kindergarten until grade 10 students – in order to smoothly transition from the old to the new curriculum.

Basic Reading and Math Programs will be offered to Kinder and Grade 1. Aside from Reading and Math, bridging programs for Science and Grammar with Sentence Construction will be offered to students from Grade 4 to Grade 6. For Grades 7 to 10, Basic Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Chemistry and Physics will be available.

I think these programs will really be helpful to all our kids. So, if you feel that your own kids can also benefit from these Summer K-12 Bridging programs, do check out the YTC website at www.yourtutorialcenter.com or call (02)4108-456 or (0932)8555-982 for more information.

But I have good news for you guys!!!

Through this blog, YTC Your Tutorial Center is giving away a Summer Enrichment Program gift certificate to one (1) lucky winner!!!


Check out the details below.


Summer Enrichment Program (12 hours, subject of your choice)


Child must be incoming kinder student up to high school student

Giveaway Duration: 2 weeks (March 29, 2015 – April 12, 2015)


Winner can claim and use the GC in the following branches: Quezon City, Alabang, Las Pinas, Caloocan


To join, simply follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.


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Good luck guys!!!

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  1. I still have a lot to know about the K-12 curriculum even though I’ve done some research about it. Good Luck to those who will join this great giveaway.
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    1. We can’t do anything but adapt to the change to K-12. Undergoing a tutorial would be a great help.
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  2. Personally, I still prefer the old curriculum because its fast, accurate and student can graduate earlier too.
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  3. I’m glad to have met you there, Mommy Janice. It was great to see Mommies gather for the sake of their kids.
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    1. It was nice meeting you there too, Vance! 🙂
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  4. I wonder what the government had planned to mentor teachers and equipped them for K12 implementation.

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  5. im still at the fence when it comes to the whole k-12 thing…
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  6. I think this really helps them adopt faster once the school year starts. I think K-12 is needed now to ease the employment rate and allow kids to have a better foundation.
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  7. I also have my reservations about K-to-12 before but since all other countries except 3 or 4 (including the Philippines) na lang ang hindi kasali sa K-to-12, we might as well join. Kidding aside, the new curriculum aims to ease the burden of those in the public schools since upon completion of grades 11 and 12, the student upon graduating is already equipped to work. We, as parents may think that this is adding “load” to our child’s education but since most parents enroll their kids in toddler school at age 3-4, that’s added “load” for the kids also. So now, derecho na the kid to enroll in kinder 1, kinder 2 then grade 1 by 6 years old. And tutorial centers help a lot in helping the child cope up with the stressful grade school world. 🙂
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  8. I like K-12. I guess it’s because we started home school with K-12 as our direction. 🙂 I hope that more Filipinos will understand the benefit of a 12-year curriculum program.
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  9. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the old curriculum. My batch used that and a lot of my batchmates have been rocking both the corporate and the creative world, di lang dito sa Philippines but also abroad. Di ko magets talaga why we need to adapt this if the old one works naman.

    I am usually open-minded pero this one, sobrang pumapalag ako. Hihi.

  10. This K-12 curriculum is really driving me crazy, my son just had Achievement Test last March 3. Imagine Kinder pa lang nag-achievement test na. Nasashock din ko sa lessons nila because I learned that when I was in Grade 3. lol
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  11. Although, we are following K-12 curriculum, I am still confused with the rules and policies, etc. I sometimes, ask friends who are more knowledgeable to have a coffee date with me just so I would know what to do. I like this idea and hope to win it, too! 🙂
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  12. If I will explain K-12 briefly, it’s preparing students to be ‘SKILLED’ so that they can use that skill when they apply abroad. Kaya nga, our school who’s implementing K-12 already need more TLE teachers to teach electricity, gardening, cooking, baking, nail art and among crafts. Actually, ang K12 encourages the students na they can work if they finish the curriculum lang kahit di na magcollege. That’s how I see it.
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  13. I missed this event! I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the old curriculum. But I was able to experience K12 curriculum when I studied in the US for a while. However, I felt like the way we are educated is more advanced and K12 is more relaxed so studying for me wasn’t hard. Maybe this will be better for our kids. But I think once we get into this, we can’t just turn back and return to the old one.
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  14. Thanks for this. Naiinis lang ako dati dyan sa K-12 kasi naabutan kapatid ko. In my head, dagdag gastos lang. But thanks for this post, atleast I was enlightened. Oo nga naman, we always have to improve. And change is good.
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  15. I’m still a bit concerned about the K-12. I wonder if the teachers are already equipped with tools to improve our children’s education system. Grade 6 na eldest ko sa June. But because of K-12, She has 6more years before stepping in college.
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  16. Setting aside my personal sentiments about K-12, I think this would be great in helping students; due diligence na din from the parents. I hope they open here!
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    1. YTC has branches in Davao too, Maan. I think there are too, if I’m not mistaken. 🙂
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  17. This is a very informative and helpful resource for me, especially since my kid will start school this June (first time). I never looked at K-12 program as something that would benefit the students more until I read your article. Before I doubt din bakit kailangan up to 12 years na, gastos lang, etc. But now I realized it’s that helpful pala to be more competitive globally. Thanks for this!

    and oh, sayang can’t join the giveaway as I’m outside the area. 🙁

  18. Hope this k-12 is really a good idea in producing better equipped graduates in the future. Although the previous curriculum worked fine on all of us naman, noh? Hehe
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  19. This will surely help a lot of parents who are still confused on the K-12 curriculum (I still have a few more years before I get to that point). I’m pretty sure the one who wins this contest will become more hands-on when it comes to their kid’s education.
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  20. I strongly feel that our country is not capable of implementing K to 12 at this point because of many reasons. As a parent, I only can feel the disadvantages and the obvious loopholes of this controversial program for one most schools and teachers are not yet ready for this and the government needs to properly evaluate the educational system in general before implementing K to 12. But on the other side tutorial centers can help students to get by or to jump start their learning abilities to cope with the required subjects under K-12.

  21. I’ve always been curious wit K-12 curriculum. Growing up with elementary-highschool mode of learning, I’m not sure how this could benefit students.
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  22. gosh! I need more info about k-12! Need to prepare too! 🙂

  23. This is a very informative post, sis! 🙂

  24. Someone commented in one of the home schooling communities I’m in about why can’t there be a unified entrance exam for everyone for universities. Seems that that’s underway.
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  25. Hi YTC,

    Indeed the K-12 program is really a big help for the upcoming generations of students to become more globally competitive. There’s nothing wrong with the K-12 program, the we worries that many parents have is about the public schools facilities and buildings and classroom.

    Love this article its information is very helpful.


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