Teachers not yet ready for K to 12

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014


BEFORE the opening of classes in June, rigorous trainings for teachers for the K to 12 program were conducted to ensure they are prepared to teach the new curriculum.

But are the teachers ready when K to 12 gets to the junior and senior levels?

Roger Bahian, Department of Education (DepEd) officer in charge, said that the Department of Education (DepEd) central office will give the teachers’ guide, learners’ manual and curriculum guide to aid them on what to teach throughout the school year.

“Previously, the primary problem when K to 12 started was the lack of guidance on what to teach. Some teachers will teach the general topic, some will go into details,” Bahian said Monday.

DepEd is on its third year in implementing the K to 12 curriculum where Grade 3 teachers completed their training last May 2014.

Although the problem was eased, another dilemma propped up as grade 9 teachers have not undergone training yet.

In 2016, the Grade 11 will start. It will cater to the application of the student’s specialization.

In grade 7, the students can pursue vocational technology, special program of the arts, special program of the sports and academics depending on their interest.

When they are ready, both public and private schools will write a letter of intent to the DepEd’s central office to teach Grades 11 and 12.

DepEd will evaluate if the applicant-school is qualified or not. This applies to the regular schools.

Laboratories, facilities, library, among others, are just some of the requirements. Bahian said the advantage of this would be on schools that already have these facilities.

“There are already schools that are Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda)-accredited so students who have been studying there have no problem where to go,” he said.

In the region, Iligan School of Fisheries, Bukidnon National Home Industries, Aluran Trade School and Rugungun National Agricultural School are some of the schools whom Bahian would not have problems in catering to the vocational technology specialization that students can avail of.

Vocational technology has 28 specializations mostly involving livelihood activities.

However, other fields of specializations are still a problem since there are only few teachers who are qualified to teach and schools which cater to these specializations.

Jenny Espinosa, a student currently in Grade 9 belonging to the special program of the arts, said she has been dreaming to be a professional musician.

But she sees that her school is not prepared to teach Grades 11 and 12.

“If they are not going to apply, where will I go?” Espinosa said.

“I want to learn how to play the piano well. I even want to learn how to play all the instruments,” she added.

Bahian said if schools are not going to apply for Grade 11, students who want to pursue their field of specialization will have to look for another school where facilities and laboratories can match.

“Students will basically have to look for another school if they still wish to pursue their specialization,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 24, 2014.

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