Aquino: K to 12 to improve Filipino skills

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III formally launched on Tuesday the Department of Education's (DepEd) Kindergarten to Year 12 (K to 12) basic education program, which aims to improve the skills of the students.

In his speech keynoting the event, the President said the launching marks a historical occasion where Filipino students are provided an opportunity to learn and absorb lessons learned in school better.

"Starting today, we can give the youths better chances to learn and to acquire new knowledge," he said.

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The central feature of the K to 12 Program is the upgrading of the basic education curriculum to ensure that learners acquire the relevant knowledge and skills they will need to become productive members of society. It seeks to introduce relevant skills development courses and special interest subjects that will suit the personality, strengths and career direction of students.

The President said that with its formal launch, the K to 12 education program will give students a solid education background which they can use to improve their lives.

"What we want is for the next generation of Filipinos to have a strong educational foundation," he said.

He underscored the importance of this education program, which he called an "investment" to the country's most valuable asset: the Filipino people.

Under the K to 12 program, new curriculum will be implemented in all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide starting school year (SY) 2012-2013 when classes begin this June.

The DepEd said the K to 12 program will be implemented in stages.

The universal kindergarten started in SY 2011-2012. The new curriculum for Grade 1 and Grade 7 will be enforced in SY 2012-2013 and will progress in the succeeding school years; Grade 11 will be introduced in SY 2016-201, Grade 12 in SY 2017-2018. The first batch of students to go through K to 12 will graduate in March 2018.

Aquino noted that the Philippines, which is currently has 10 years basic education, is being left behind by its neighboring economies in Southeast Asia, which have 11 to 12 years basic education.

For his part, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that 140,000 public school teachers have started training for the implementation of the new curriculum this coming school year.

He also announced that by June this year, DepEd will be able to achieve one is to one student to textbook ratio thereby achieving a zero backlog in textbooks. (SDR/Sunnex)

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