DepEd to start K+12 this June

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Monday, March 7, 2011

THE mandatory kindergarten for public schools will start this June as a starting point for the implementation of the Enhanced K+12 Basic Education Program (BEP).

Parents should now start enrolling their five-year-old children, said Dr. Arden Monisit, provincial schools superintendent, in a recent interview at the Capitol. He said there is no pre-school program anymore because it will be lumped into the universal kindergarten program.

Monisit said this is supported by the universal kindergarten law that is still pending in Congress.



Although the measure is still a proposal, he said, the Department of Education (DepEd) is positive it will be passed in the Lower House. He said those who will enroll in grade one should go through kindergarten first. Once they will finish kindergarten, they are also expected to know how to read.

“It will be compulsory to enroll in kindergarten at age five. They should undergo kindergarten. Kato ato mga pre-school programs wala na ‘to. What we have now is universal kindergarten. (We don’t offer the pre-school program anymore),” Monisit told reporters.


Mandatory kindergarten is covered under the K+12 curriculum, which also has six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school. The present educational system does not require mandatory kindergarten and there are only six years for elementary and four years for high school. Monisit said Dep Ed will implement the program starting school year 2011-2012.

Monisit said even some of the private schools will adopt the public school system.

DepEd is implementing the mandatory kindergarten next school year so that the children will be ready as the incoming grade one for school year 2012-2013. He said all incoming grade one and first year high school students for school year 2012-2013 will be covered under the new curriculum.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 07, 2011.

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