I've been reading some more about the in-process changes to the education system in the Philippines, because I was wondering whether Jie and Joyce (both 15 and, under the old system, Seniors in high school in the coming school year) would be graduating and moving on to college or they'd be continuing on into two more years of high school under the new system.
I have read that "current 4th Year students in high school in S.Y. 2014-2015 are exempted in this program."
The new 11th grade will be implemented in 2016 and the new 12th grade
in 2017. So it seems that they will graduate and, if they choose, go to
There are some other interesting changes that are
taking effect with the new education system. In the old system,
instruction occurred in English. Now, English isn't even begun until the
second semester of first grade. "In Kindergarten, the pupils are
mandated to learn the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors through
games, songs, and dances, but in their mother tongue; thus after Grade
1, every student can read on his/her mother tongue." For the second
semester of grade one and throughout second and third grade they study
English with an emphasis on oral fluency. From grade four, Filipino and
English as a medium of instruction will both be used. There are specific
subjects that will be taught in each language; English will be used for
English, Science and Technology, Home Economics and Livelihood
Reasoning behind the shift in instructional language
use: "Though elementary schooling is compulsory, as of 2010 it was
reported that 27.82% of Filipino elementary-aged children either never
attend or never complete elementary schooling, usually due to the
absence of any school in their area, education being offered in a
language that is foreign to them, or financial distress. In July 2009
DepEd moved to overcome the foreign language issue by ordering all
elementary schools to move towards initial mother-tongue based
instruction (grades 1–3). The order allows two alternative three-year
bridging plans. Depending on the bridging plan adopted, the Filipino and
English languages are to be phased in as the language of instruction
for other subjects beginning in the third and fourth grades."
a lot more info to dig through on the Wikipedia article, and there
is a chart showing the integration of the new grades in the "2010s and
the K-12 program" section.