DepEd launches K+12 basic education reform

April 24, 2012 9:51 pm 

MANILA, Apr 24 – The Aquino administration launched Tuesday the K+12 basic education reform it says will help graduates get better employment opportunities off school.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the milestone will pave the way towards improving basic education across public schools in the country starting academic year 2012-2013.

K+12 means Kindergarten and the 12 years of elementary and secondary education.

Kindergarten refers to the 5-year old cohort that takes a standardized kinder curriculum. Elementary education refers to primary schooling that involves six or seven years of education. >p>Secondary education refers to high school.

The Philippines is the only nation in Asia — and among the three in the world with another two in Africa — to have the current education format.

Under the format, students spend six years in elementary and four years in high school.

Some graduates need to take equivalency courses or tests to be hired abroad.

Luistro said this makes Filipino graduates unfit to compete with their counterparts overseas, despite being armed with impressive qualifications.

While the new education program will require longer years in school, high school graduates may opt to work soon after finishing secondary education.

Officials said the graduates will be equipped with electives such as technical/vocational skills.

Luistro said the government will closely monitor the implementation of K to 12, anticipating "growing pains" during the first years of the program.

The new curriculum for Grade 1 and Grade 7 (High School Year 1) will be implemented in SY 2012-2013 and will progress in the succeeding school years.

Grade 11 (HS Year 5) will be introduced in SY 2016-2017, Grade 12 (HS Year 6) in SY 2017-2018.

The first batch of students to go through K to 12 will graduate in 2018.

Luistro said the K to 12 program is anchored on curricular reform and innovation.

He said teachers will be given sufficient in-service training to implement this program.

"The pre-service training for aspiring teachers will also be modified to conform to the requirements of the program," he said.

The Deped said private schools, which follow the DepED curriculum, will also implement the 12-year basic education program but the implementation plan will differ.

This will be discussed with the representatives of the private schools, he said. (PNA) hbc/MPC/utb

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