SONA presents K-12 ‘graduate’

President Benigno Aquino III presented a video showing a girl who claimed to be a graduate of the K to 12 program, which is being fully implemented only this year, in his last State of the Nation Address yesterday.

Aquino said the experience of Rezia Joy Jianoran, a 19-year-old student who worked at CLP Metal Industries and Precision, was proof that the K to 12 program addresses the gaps in the previous 10-year basic education program.

In the video, Jianoran claimed she is a K to 12 graduate even if the full implementation of the program only began this school year.

“I know my family is [unable] to send me to college so I continued my studies using the K to 12 program. I chose drafting technology as my specialization. Part of the K to 12 program is career immersion and I was assigned to CLP Metal where I designed a machine to de-hair pigs,” Jianoran said.

“I am very proud to be a K to 12 graduate because I was able to support my family and I am learning while earning,” she added.

The video elicited queries on the social media networking site Facebook where netizens pointed out that there could be no K to 12 graduate yet as the program's first graduates are scheduled to finish two years from now.

But Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma explained that Jianoran is a graduate of one of the schools that piloted the K-12 program on an experimental basis ahead of the regular implementation.

Coloma clarified that Jianoran's school was a tech-voc institution, but he did not specify if she completed the 13-year program as she appeared to have claimed or just a few years of the experimental program.

COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by Manila Standard. Comments are views by readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with Manila Standard editorial standards, Manila Standard may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section.
AdvertisementGMA-Congress Trivia 1