The implementation of the K-12 program, introduced changes to the Philippine education. One of the changes that K-12 has carried out, is the 4 different strands of the senior high school. STEM, ABM, HUMMS, and GA are the four different strands senior high school students can choose from to be able to get the kind of education they want and need for college. The General Academics Strand in particular, focuses on students who are still in the process and still unfamiliar of what strand they want and what course to take up in college. This strand provides students with basic electives from the other 3 strands to help them get a feel of what the different strands and courses have to offer.
GA Students Breaking Boundaries
By: Janfrey Loiz
Senior High School under the K-12 program started with a lot of pressure and expectations to them acknowledging the students as the pioneer batch of this proposed program. Strands were introduced to most schools, which separates students according to their choice of course. Mentioning the new environments, culture shocks, and new educational programs, nervousness and pressure are inevitable not just to the students of different strands but also to the teachers who belong to this program. One strand had a rough start this first school year, which started on June 2016 following the issues of discrimination and early stereotypes thrown at them because of the rejected students, and those who didn't pass the ASHAPE forcing them to be placed in GA strand. This issue was researched qualitatively by a group of students last semester explaining the effects of it to the involved students. During the course of the past semester, the GA strand students who also bagged numerous academic awards in math, debate, and essay contests together with the other strands proved this issue wrong. They were also competitors in both academic and extracurricular activities particularly sports, which is also a characteristic embodied by the other strands. They chose to stand up and proved that entrance exams or past grades do not measure an individual's capabilities. They've set an example to the senior high school, breaking boundaries despite the issues thrown at them.