DepEd has enough materials for K to 12 program, exec says

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

THE education department assured public school teachers Sunday that there will be enough instructional materials for the K to 12 program, which starts in June.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro made the assurance as the department is ramping up its preparations for the implementation of the K to 12 curriculum in June for Grade 1 pupils and 1st year high school students through a summer training program for teachers.

Luistro said the Department of Education has already earmarked enough funds to cover the purchase of the instructional materials, which the teachers will use in the classroom.

“The Department of Education has already allocated funds from the fiscal year 2012 Textbook Funds and subsequent years until fiscal year 2015 for the provision of the centrally procured learning activity packages or LAPS, modules and other instructional materials to support the initial implementation of the K to 12 curriculum,” Luistro said.

“The goal of the DepEd is to provide all teachers and pupils with a complete set of learning materials,” he added.

The materials according to the official will fill in the gaps of the textbooks and teacher manuals currently being used in public elementary and secondary schools.

Likewise, the materials will be used by kindergarten teachers as these also contained pre-school workbooks with worksheets, learning modules, teaching guides and manipulative materials designed for five year old kids.

In support of the department’s mother-tongue based multi-lingual curriculum, which will also be implemented starting this coming school year, modules and reading materials written in the mother tongue will also be provided to school teachers.

For instance, schools in Cebu will be provided with materials in Cebuano while those in Bicol will have Bicolano reading and instructional materials.’

Earlier, the department said it is already training teachers under the Test of English Proficiency for Teachers (TEPT) and Process Skills Test (PST) in Science and Math to all Grades 1 and 2 public school teachers nationwide.

The tests are part of the department’s assessment on the capability of public school teachers to teach the new curriculum under the K to 12 program.

“We want our teachers fully equipped when we introduce the new curriculum this school year,” Luistro said of the training.

The official pointed out that the result of the TEPT and PST will serve as basis for the kind of training and intervention the department will introduce this summer to fully prepare the teachers for the new curriculum.

The new curriculum would see Grade 1 pupils going to classes for half a day, while the curriculum for 1st year high school students will be more interactive and relevant in everyday life.

Under the K to 12 program, the public school system will have kinder six years in elementary, four years in junior high school, and two more years for senior high school where students will have more time to sharpen their employable skills.

DepEd’s move is part of the education reform program under the Aquino administration which seeks to produce high school graduates who are equipped with skills for the world of work, have better needed competencies for college education and ready for global opportunities. (AH/Sunnex)

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