House approves K-to-12 basic education curriculum

October 17, 2012 11:07 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 17 — The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill which seeks to enhance the Philippine basic education system by strengthening its curriculum and increasing the number of years for basic education or which is also known as the K-to-12 basic education curriculum.

One of the objectives of House Bill 6643 is to enhance the quality of basic education in a manner that is least disruptive to the current curriculum, most affordable to government and families and aligned with international practice.

Authors of this bill also aim to give every student the opportunity to receive quality education based on an enhanced and relevant curriculum that is internationally recognized and comparable.

Another objective of the measure is to change public perception that’s secondary education is just a preparation for college; rather, it should allow one to take advantage of opportunities for gainful career or employment and or self-employment in a rapidly changing and increasingly globalized environment.

The bill prescribes for an enhanced basic education program that encompasses one year of kindergarten education, six years of elementary education, and six years of secondary education consisting of four years junior high school and two years senior high school education.

Another provision of the bill is that it integrates in the secondary education curriculum subjects mandated by existing laws currently being offered in the tertiary curriculum in addition to the general education curriculum (GEC) subjects that may hereafter be determined by the DepEd as part of the new curriculum.

The measure also empowers the Department of Education (DepEd), in coordination with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), to formulate the design and details of the enhanced basic education curriculum.

Under the bill, a curriculum consultative committee is created to be chaired by the DepEd Secretary purportedly to oversee the review and evaluation on the implementation of the basic education curriculum and recommend the necessary refinements in the curriculum.

The K-to-12 bill seeks to extend the benefits accorded by the Expanded Government Assistance for Students and Teachers in the Private Education Act to the poor but deserving students enrolled under the enhanced basic education.

Among the key provisions of the bill is that it allows the DepEd and private education institutions to hire graduates of science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, music and other degree courses with shortages in qualified LET applicants to teach in their specialized subjects in the elementary and secondary education on condition that they pass the Licensure Examination for teachers (LET) within five years after their date of hiring.

The bill is in substitution of House Bill Nos. 2182, 3479, 4199, 4219 and House Resolution No. 12 and authored by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr (4th District, Quezon City) and Reps. Salvador Escudero (deceased), Rosenda Ann Ocampo (6th District, Manila), Eulogio R. Magsaysay (Party-list, AVE);

Marcelino R. Teodoro (1st District, Marikina City), Angelo B. Palmones (Party-list, Agham), Juan Edgardo M. Angara (Lone District, Aurora), Maria Isabelle G. Climaco (1st District, Zamboanga City), Fatima Aliah Q. Dimaporo (2nd District, Lanao del Norte), Mariano U. Piamonte (Party-list, A TEACHER), Juliet R. Cortuna (Party-list, A TEACHER); and

Joseph Emilio A. Abaya (1st District, Cavite), Thelma Z. Almario (2nd District, Davao Oriental), Bernadette R. Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon), Mel Senen S. Sarmiento (1st District, Western Samar), Magtanggol Gunigundo (2nd District, Valenzuela City), Christopher S. Co (Party-list, Ako Bicol), Rodel M. Batocabe (Party-list, Ako Bicol), Alfredo A. Garbin Jr. (Party-list, Ako Bicol) and Irvin M. Alcala (2nd District, Quezon).

Reps. Emi G. Calixto-Rubiano (Lone District, Pasay City), Erico B. Aumentado (2nd District, Bohol), Maria Evita R. Arago (3rd District, Laguna), Susan A. Yap (2nd District, Tarlac), Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City), Neptali M. Gonzales II (Lone District, Mandaluyong City), Edcel C. Lagman (1st District, Albay);

Pryde Henry A. Teves (3rd District, Negros Oriental), Rodolfo G. Biazon (Lone District, Muntinlupa City), Jane T. Castro (2nd District, Capiz), Jorge Banal (3rd District, Quezon City), Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado (1st District, Bulacan), Manuel S. Agyao (Lone District, Kalinga), Maximo B. Dalog (Lone District, Mt. Province), Sigfrido R. Tinga (2nd District, Taguig City);

Benjamin D. Asilo (1st District, Manila), Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City), Rogelio J. Espina (Lone District, Biliran), Maria Carmen Zamora-Apsay (1st District, Compostela Valley), Pangalian M. Balindong (2nd District, Lanao del Sur), Fernando V. Gonzalez (3rd District, Albay), Ben P. Evardone (Lone District, Eastern Samar); and

Florencio T. Flores Jr. (2nd District, Bukidnon), Josephine Veronique R. Lacson-Noel (Lone District, Malabon City), Romeo M. Jalosjos Jr. (2nd District, Zamboanga Sibugay), Nicanor M. Briones (Party-list, AGAP), Monique Yazmin Q. Lagdameo (1st District, Makati City) and Florencio G. Noel (Party-list, An Waray) are also among the authors. (PNA)

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