YOUNG VOICES SPEAK: Graduate or else

(Young Voices Speak is’s blank space for thyouth to share their opinions, views, and perspective on any topic, issue, or matter)

A lot of college undergraduates were confused when they heard about the new General Education Curriculum (GEC). Rumor has it, if you were not a college graduate on or before 2017-2018, you needed to go through senior high school before you could continue with your college degree.


The scary part is that the rumor is actually partly true.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), with the help of the Department of Education (DepEd), came up with the ‘Lifelong Learners Track’  in line with the new K-12 program.

Source: CHED

To enhance the basic education curriculum, the higher education curriculum was revised, and will initially be implemented nationwide starting Academic Year 2018-2019.

This was announced through CHED Memorandum No. 10, series of 2017, in accordance with DepEd Order No. 42, s. 2015.

According to this, all who are affected by the K-12 program will automatically take the new GEC.

If you graduated from high school under the old curriculum before the K-12 program was implemented and didn’t enroll in college up until 2017-2018, you will still be covered by the Lifelong Learner Track, meaning you need to take up the new GEC. This means that you are required to take up another two years in high school. Simply put, you have to go through senior high school.

If you stopped school for  personal reasons and just have to finish  remaining subjects, you will also be taking the Lifelong Learner Track.

Under the new GEC, your old course may still be credited.

Source: CHED

The Lifelong Learner Track is a person’s “last chance to go to college,” according to CHED.

The Lifelong Learner Track aims to help students who graduated from high school under the old curriculum before the K to 12 reforms were implemented. These are students who graduated from high school before 2016,  who stopped schooling before they could earn a degree, or those who may not have gone to college at all.

The new program will help them transition from the old GEC to the new one.

There may be violent reactions but at the end of the day, this will  help us be at par with the rest of the world.





Daryll Jane Jemino is a 4th Year AB Mass Communication student in New Era University. When not engaged in theater and TV production, she spends her time making documentaries, music videos and films. 




(edited by Jay Paul Carlos, additional research by Vince Alvin Villarin)