‘K-12’ education reform project to be launched on Tuesday


MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III and education officials are set to formally launch on Tuesday the Kindergarten to Year 12 (K to 12) basic education reform program, a project whose phased implementation is to be completed by 2018.

Aquino, Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Higher Education Chairperson Patricia Licuanan and Technical-Vocational Education Director General Joel Villanueva will lead the April 24 launch in Malacañang, the Department of Education said.

The occasion also marks the launch of the new K-12 curriculum for Grade 1 and First Year high school (Grade 7), which would debut in public schools in June.

K-12 is the flagship education program of the Aquino administration that aims to improve the quality of Filipino high school graduates through the addition of two years of senior high school.

During the additional years, students may choose to specialize on vocational training, music and the arts, sports or agriculture to give them more options after high school, that is, whether to proceed to college or already start working with a high school diploma.

Incoming first year high school students in June will be the first batch of public school students to enter the additional senior high school level by 2016.

This month, Luistro also issued guidelines for the implementation of the new curriculum through Department Order No. 31.

“K to 12 will be implemented starting with the roll out of Grades 1 and 7 in all public elementary and secondary schools. Private schools are enjoined to do the same. They may further enhance the curriculum to suit their school vision/ mission,” Luistro said.

Describing the new curriculum, DepEd said the new 12-year basic education content is designed as a spiral which “builds on the same concepts developed in increasing complexity and sophistication starting from grade school.”

The first batch of senior high school graduates are expected in March 2018.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/O7BR7RUOS32456SKS36IZN4MVI "Lenon"

    Go K to 12!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V7W2T7T2N37DLVYJSM2OV4GJ4A Ramon S

    K-12 ay kailangang ikunsulta muna dahil sa totoo  lang kung mag isip tayo nang tama ito ay dagdag problema lang sa sitwasyon pinas, dahil ang mga taong nagsusulong at namumuno nito ay nasa level nang mayayaman. Bro armin luistro na sanay sa mahal na tuition sa university na siya ang head. pero nakaka rami sa pinas ya nasa average at low level income let us be realistic to address the problem in our country.1.  Dapat tugunan Una kulang tayo ng classroom at teacher 2. Books and laboratory materials 3. Corruption in dep. ED. ay dapat mahinto.
    Pag natapos na ito Saka Pa Yang K 12 Na Iyan Kahit pa K 15 payag mga tao pag na solve na itong present problem 1,2 &3 na ito na kinakaharap sa ngayon ang nangyari parang imiiwas si Sec. Luistro  sa present problem ngayon na hinaharap. 

  • Aris Kalayaan

    The K-12 program will only make it more difficult for indigent youths to finished high school.  It will also add to the problems of lack of teachers, classrooms and desks/ chairs. It won’t help most of the students to acquire necessary skills as most of the schools lack modern laboratories and specialized teachers to hone their talents.  I doubt if the government have the capability and budget to provide all high schools with modern laboratories and specialized teachers in time as they are still struggling to solve the current problems.  Why not just offer free 2 year vocational education to those who can’t pursue college.  It is easier to implement as there is existing facilities already. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AFDQQH2M3OD6ZGBJNJ34UZHIV4 Enrico

    Isa na nmang malaking kalokohan ito. Sana tanggalin naman ito ng susunod na Presidente. Pahirap lang ito sa lahat.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V7W2T7T2N37DLVYJSM2OV4GJ4A Ramon S

    K -12 ay dapat pag aralan pag usapan sa pamamagitan ng parent teacher association existing sa ngayon sa bawat paaralan dahil sa survey sa TV interview 90 percent ayaw nang implementasyon nang K 12 di kaya hindi naiintindihan masyado ano ang advantages at dis advantages nang application nang K-12  dahil kung sa biglang tingin talagang dagdag taon sa bawat student instead 10 years graduate ka na ng high school 16 yrs old parang 18 yrs old na talaga bago mag graduate ng high school dag dag bayarin at pahirap sa pag aaral resulta wala ring trabahong mapapasukan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    I am 100% agree , In order for us to compete worlwide we should have a solid background on education.
    In fact, students who graduated from private schools are most likely to get a job than those coming from public.For thus people who argued about the length and extra time/money to spent, thats worth of investment.Mahirap kung graduate ka sa nurse tapos caregiver ang trabaho abroad…this will change educational image like what mr. ABRAM’s (from Guam)said before that we can hardly speak english !!!

  • http://twitter.com/PlanetzMarz PlanetMarz

    I totally disagree with this K12 program…!!!

    Base on personal experience, im a filipino grew up in other country with K12 program, then move back to Philippines to got my college degree. Man…!!! I tell you this K12 program is a waste of money from the parents side and loosing of 2 years for nothing…  i wish i could get that useless 2yrs in senior high school back.

    Look at now our university/college graduate is more competitive compare to other country with K12 program…!!!   

    Is this really a good program….??? OR is this delaying tactics for suppressing the unemployed for another 2 years…????

  • kruger

    Unlike most of the commenters here, I totally agree with the K-12 program of the government.

    I don’t have the statistics but for sure, a great number of our high school students will never go to college.  Some will try, but economics will force these people to stop going to school, and instead, look for “menial” or even “unsuitable” jobs to support their family.

    Arming them with highly-employable skill sets during the last 2 years of their “public” education will surely give these children a level playing field during the “job-hunting season.”

    The public high school system needs this program.  If the private school system thinks otherwise, they’re free to do as they wish….

  • Gurruod

    Ends, Ways & Means. These things must be combined together to achieve a goal or end. Apparently, the government or DepEd has, for public schools, no money to hire additional teachers and school staff personnel, for the construction of additional school buildings, and for other requirements in support to this.

    Palpak ito.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T2VK2YEDB3674RI7KRXFAMJ73Q Angel

    The test scores of teachers mirror the scores of students in basic education.
    Higher education faces the same problem and the data
    show that mastery of subjects among teachers is also lacking.
    Teachers not only need to learn how to teach, but as important,what to teach.
    Learning new styles of teaching, getting introduced to curricular reforms may be
    achieved in a series of workshops or seminars. Unfortunately, mastery of the subjects to be taught can not. This takes years and Finland took decades. But this is where a possibly successful reform in basic education should begin. The proposed K+12 misses the places where reforms should be focused: The early years and higher education. (And not at the end of high school). As Finland has demonstrated, working with primary education to attain education for all, while at the sametime, promoting quality in higher education, is much cheaper. Higher education reforms mean doing the best, selecting the capable, and providing a few with excellent training. And this is required to solve the problems in basic education.

    Additional points from Finland (Education policies for raising student learning: the Finnish approach. Pasi Sahlberg* Journal of Education Policy Vol. 22, No. 2, March 2007, pp. 147–171):

    “Resourcefulness: Young, talented and creative individuals have been appointed over the past three decades to lead schools, local education offices, and central departments, guided by the belief that competencies often override routine experience. Systematic and research-based ways to prepare and continuously develop leaders and to maintain their knowledge and skills were introduced in the 1980s.

    Conservation: Education development has represented a balance between bringing in new innovations and employing existing good practices. The public recognizes that many needed educational innovations already exist somewhere in the system. This was a key acknowledgement of teachers’ wisdom and realization that learning from past experiences is at least as important as introducing totally new and often alien ideas in schools.”

    Finland pushed these elements into its educational reform by (pages

    “….All basic school teachers must hold a Masters degree to become permanently employed. Primary school teacher preparation was converted from a three-year program at teachers’ colleges to four- or five-year university programs in the late 1970s. Hence, most primary school teachers today possess higher university degrees. Westbury et al. (2005) point out that preparing teachers for a research-based profession has been the central idea of teacher education developments in Finland….”

    “….the Masters degree is the basic requirement to be permanently employed as a teacher in Finnish school….”

    “Finnish teacher education programs are distinguished by their depth and scope. The balance between the theoretical and practical in these programs helps young teachers master various teaching methods as well as the science of effective teaching and learning. Curriculum reform in the mid-1990s revealed that teachers with high professional competency are quite motivated and easy to engage in school development processes in their own schools as well as in national and international projects.”

    “….teachers can diagnose problems in their classrooms and schools, apply evidence-based and often alternative solutions to them and evaluate and analyze the impact of implemented procedures….”


    The reforms which were made at the higher education level began in
    the 70′s. It took several decades, (but one of the seven elements
    is a longer vision and not instant gratification from reforms), so
    Finland took its time to do things right.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IQLFTBIJPDUKN3NJBAXRHX73BI BobetB

    What will happen in 2016 and 2017!? No first year and second year college?
    In 2020 and 2021 we can not hire new college graduates?

  • pepengkabayo

    This K12 is a waste of time and money.
    Compulsory Kindergarten. Kindergarten is day care and play activity for children.
    Our education system is going backward instead of forward.
    With the advent of Internet, on line education, kids now are smarter.

    In our culture, Having a Degree is the best weapon in looking for a job than High School Diploma.
    It is also our parents joy and happiness if one finished college.
    Adding more years of High school also discourages College Education.

    If our education system is not working, how come our graduates are the most in demand workers abroad.
    You go to Middle East, Africa, America,Europe, Canada, etc etc you find filipinos working as engineers, accountants, nurses,welder,teachers etc etc.
    That is proof that we have the best education right now…our college degrees are evaluated as equal and accredited the same.

    K12 is a nightmare to Filipino Children and Parents whose only hope of out of poverty is a Bachelor degree not High School Diploma.

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