Teachers to undergo trainings on new education curriculum-A A +A
Monday, March 26, 2012
THE Department of Education (DepEd) in Tacloban City is set to conduct trainings for teachers on the new curriculum, a school official said.
Mariza Magan, acting city division schools superintendent, said the city DepEd will conduct trainings so that teachers who will handle grades one and seven would be able to know the changes made on the curriculum, as a result of the implementation of the K to 12 program by the National Government.
Magan said teachers need to undergo such training first, since teachers who would handle grades one to grade three need to use the mother tongue-based multi-lingual education (MTBMLE) as medium of instruction.
“DepEd would implement this so that teachers themselves would be able to adjust from being familiar on using the English language in teaching, to the use of the vernacular Waray language we have,” said Magan who believes that children would be able to learn faster using this language.
However, the official said a need to use proper translation of the language is a must.
Magan said every division would hire a group of people who would translate the textbooks to be produced and distributed to learning institutions in the country.
Likewise, Magan said the average hours of teachers on teaching would be cut to four hours and a half only and two hours preparation, which is quiet advantageous than the previous eight hours teaching requirement.
“Social studies, Mathematics and values education would be thought in Waray-waray language on the primary level. English and Filipino, on the other hand, would be included in the second semester, however said subjects would only be discussed orally,” the acting city division superintendent said.
The Express noted that children now would start on Kindergarten and have 12 years on the primary schools.
Children on this new curriculum would be able to obtain three diplomas: one for elementary grade, one for junior high school and another one for senior high school.
Magan said the primary objective why the government plans to implement such curriculum is to prepare students to land for a certain job right after they finish their studies.
“This is pushed through because Philippines remain to be the only country today that has ten years only on their primary schools. Our graduates also are having problems in competing with graduates from other country on job searching in foreign countries,” Magan said. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)