K-12 takes effect this June—DepEd

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MANILA, Philippines—If you’re a graduating sixth grader this March, then you may as well be among the first to undergo two more years of public high school.

Incoming first year public high school students in June are the first batch of students projected to enter the additional years of senior high school under the Department of Education’s  K-12 (Kindergarten to 12), a DepEd official said.

This as DepEd pursues the phased implementation of K-12, a flagship education program of the Aquino administration that aims to improve the quality of Filipino high school graduates by giving them more time to learn.

The K-12 model involves Kindergarten, six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school (Grades 7 to 10) and two years of senior high school (Grades 11 to 12). The two years of senior high school intend to provide students time to consolidate acquired academic skills and competencies relevant to the job market.

DepEd Assistant Secretary for Programs and Projects Elena Ruiz said high school freshmen next year are programmed to enter Grade 11 by school year 2016-2017 under the K-12 implementation plan.

“By 2016, we will have our first batch of senior high school, or Grade 11 … That’s the batch entering first year high school in June. By March 2018, we will have our first graduates of the two additional years in senior high school,” Ruiz told the INQUIRER.

If all goes as planned, this would mean there will be no high school graduation on March 2016, as all fourth year high school students will transition into senior high school, Ruiz explained.

This would, however, require the passage of legislation allowing for 12 years in basic public education, currently pending in Congress.

“When this (K-12) is passed into law, the length of time in high school in the Philippines will be six years. So by 2016, the fourth year class will not yet graduate,” said Ruiz.

Through two additional years in senior high, DepEd aims to provide students with specialized training in their area of interest, whether they hope to work after high school or pursue college or vocational training.

Ruiz said DepEd is confident that it has enough support among lawmakers as K-12 is part of President Aquino’s education reform agenda.

“We believe our lawmakers see the wisdom of the program because they also believe in global competitiveness,” Ruiz said.

“They’re also aware of the kind of graduates that we yield in high school and in college. We see very strong support in the government starting with the President,” she added.

Even pending an enabling law, DepEd has already started laying the groundwork for full-cycle implementation of K-12, starting with the institutionalization of public kindergarten in the current school year and the introduction of a new Grade 1 and First Year high school curriculum by June.

Ruiz said DepEd has set teacher training in the new K-12 curriculum for a smooth transition in classrooms.

The K-12 program seeks to level Philippine education with the rest of the world, with 12 years of basic schooling a global standard. Only the Philippines, Angola and Djibouti continue to have a 10-year basic education cycle, DepEd said.

“It may be viewed as additional cost right now but you have to look at the long run, how it would improve the value of a student after graduation,” Ruiz said.

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  • coladu

    K-12 means there will be an increased need for classrooms and teachers.  EH KULANG PA NGA EH TAPOS DADAGDAGAN PA NG PANGANGAILANGAN!  Suggestion is … improve first the current system and complete the classrooms and hire enough teachers before you implement the K-12.

  • EngrhansTeh

    anu ba yan? increase the number of years in school? …is it right? or equip the school with better facilities, teachers trainings and higher salaries…like private schools. and see how the public match up private schools.

  • Datu Suki

    With this new program, at least our kids can better compete outside the Philippines. Thanks DepEd.

  • chris_t610

    when you are reading this, it would make you think how efficient and productive the DepEd is. But in reality, this is a branch of the government that is a big waste to people’s taxes!!!

    Try coming in on one of their offices… parang palengke where nobody is working, puro daldal at tsismis ang makikita mo. Its really horrible. Worst, they are not even sure what it is they are working on.

    Believe me, I went to them last year to inquire — and to my amazement, none of the employees were able to answer my questions. Nagturuan pa ang mga walang hiya!

    I agree that there is a need to improve our country’s current education system — but is this the kind of DepEd that we can entrust our education’s future?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HALAYDLIBIZQ5PAEONHE3DZBTA Joji

    itong mga cabinet ng abnoy admin dadak ng dadak! if you read the title of this article akala mo may batas na pero naka binbin pa pala sa congress! do not count the chicken when it is not hatched! para lang may masabi ang taong bayan na may ginagawa ang deped! pwe!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PSZAFDOZ7ZNJZDBDO5LVHDR2PA Alvin bong Serondo

    pano nalang yung mga magulang  na nangaling sa mahirap,pano nila maitataguyod ang kanilang mga anak kung dadagdagan pa nila ng 2 taon sa pagaaral???????????????????????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PSZAFDOZ7ZNJZDBDO5LVHDR2PA Alvin bong Serondo

    what can we get from this kind of program????? talaga po bang makaktulong to sa mga student at sa future namin??????????????? 

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