THE Department of Education (DepEd) formally launched Tuesday its "Enhanced Kindergarten-Grade 12 (K+12)" basic education program, which adds two years to basic education in the country

In the program, there will a year for kindergarten, six years for elementary (Grades 1-6), four years for junior high school (Grades 7-10) and another two years for senior high school (Grades 11-12).

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the additional two years of education will help students decide what course they will take in college.

It will also help high school graduates get jobs since in senior high school, student will be given the chance to specialize in the fields of science and technology, music and arts, agriculture, fisheries, sports, business entrepreneurship, etc.

The education department plans to implement the K+12 program start next year with the offering of a universal kindergarten program and on 2012 for grade 1 and first year high school. (Sunnex)