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DepEd readies K+12 curricula for next year


The Department of Education (DepEd) plan to extend the basic education course by two years is set to take off next school year with new curricula developed for Grade 1 and 1st Year High School in implementation of the K+12 (Kindergarten plus 12 years) program.

K+12 aims to raise the country’s basic education course to world standards and produce high school graduates ready to be employed even without a college degree.

The DepEd started the program with a kindergarten curriculum this year, reaching out to 5-year-olds to prepare them for entering the grades and curbing the early dropout rate.

“Voluntary kindergarten was introduced this school year to lay the groundwork for universal kindergarten in subsequent years. The department, along with its partners (education stakeholders), has also made considerable progress in the development of the K to 12 curriculum,” Tina Ganzon, director of the DepEd communications unit, said in response to e-mailed questions from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.


The Inquirer was not able to interview top DepEd officials because they were all out of the country.

“The DepEd is gearing up for the introduction of the new Grades 1 and 7 (1st year high school) curricula in school year 2012-2013,” Ganzon said.

According to the DepEd plan unveiled on Oct. 5 last year, K+12, alternately called K-12 (K to 12) to represent a continuum, would restructure the basic education system with a required kindergarten, six years in elementary (Grades 1-6), four years of junior high school (Grades 7-10) and two years of senior high (Grades 11-12).

Students can choose an area of specialization in the final two years, whether it be in the performing arts, vocational training, sports, agriculture, among others.

The new curricula for Grades 2 and 8 will be introduced next in 2013. The first batch of senior high school students will enter Grade 11 in school year 2016-2017. The DepEd aims to graduate the first batch of 12th graders in March 2018.

Education officials continue to hold consultations with parents, students, businessmen and other education stakeholders across the country, the DepEd said.

“Subsequent consultation sessions will be conducted in the succeeding months to provide feedback to stakeholders on how the K to 12 leadership has addressed their concerns, and share the updated details about the K to 12 curriculum and its implementation,” Ganzon said.

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  • Anonymous

    Education should be free but is not in the Philippines! That is why a lot of dropout is expected because people can not afford for the education.Japan has compolsory education and is free that is why Japanese are will verse when it comes to basic education.
    With english language included in our curriculum,we are way ahead from any country much more if it is free.
    The best that the law maker can do is to pass a law to make education free!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZHFFVYKLWQNI7CQCQ33J5XSTKQ Dadi

      You are perfectly right ortizrl. Congress should pass a law making education in our country free.

      • Anonymous

        It is already free from elementary to high school. Obviously you attended a private school or if you did attend a public school, you were not aware of it. ;-)

    • Anonymous

      It is already free from elementary to high school. Obviously you attended
      a private school or if you did attend a public school, you were not
      aware of it. ;-)

  • lito ty

     If DEPED wants another two years, make the basic education free to all no more private schools if not still many dropouts will come. If the government cannot pass a law for a free basic education stay in our current setup then revised the curriculum, a good teaching , make a lot of classroms and school buildings, employee more teachers.  Kahit po tayo magdadag ng 2yrs kung ang palakad natin sa school ay ganon parin wala po ito effect sa mag-aaral. Alam naman natin dito sa ating bansa kung ano ang ginisnan  yon pa rin. TAYO SA PINAS GAYA-GAYA hindi nman bagay para sa ikabubuti ng bansa natin. Hindi purke success sa iba, eh e-aapply natin dito…

    • Anonymous

      It is already free from elementary to high school. Obviously you
      attended a private school or if you did attend a public school, you were
      not aware of it. ;-)

      The thing is we have to start somewhere to initiate reforms in the educational system. No one country perfects its educational system in one years time but rather through decades and this is a good start. 

      How can you tell if the system will fail when we haven’t tried it yet? Perhaps you can do your longitudinal research to prove wrong what educators from all over the world knew all along?

  • http://twitter.com/doncaparros Don Caparros

    Public education is already free.

  • Anonymous

    mga walang magawa!!! lalo niyo lang pinapasakitan ang mga mamamayan!!! Eh kung mga college graduates nga eh walang makuhang trabaho paano pa kaya kung High school?

    The solution here is not extending more years to elementary and high school, but rather make College more accessible to our nation’s children! The government has vocational courses, why not extend that to world class college curriculum that will make our kids even more competitive, all that without spending an arm and a leg for a college tuition?

    Ang hirap sa inyo puwit lang ang nag iisip! Kaka-suka kayo!!!

    • Anonymous

      College is not for everybody. In Germany, they select based on skill who gets to go to University and who gets to go to Technical schools. And both are perfectly good pathways to education. CHED manages the universities while TESDA manages the technical schools.

      Check the statistics from various countries and you will see that enrollment as percentage of population in universities are lower compared to the Philippines and yet, our education system is considered inferior.

      The new system is supposed to render going to college an option since once you graduate from K+12, you will already be employable. That is the reason why these curriculum changes are happening.

      The thing is we have to start somewhere to initiate reforms in the
      educational system. No one country perfects its educational system in
      one years time but rather through decades and this is a good start. 

      can you tell if the system will fail when we haven’t tried it yet?
      Perhaps you can do your longitudinal research to prove wrong what
      educators from all over the world knew all along?

  • Anonymous

    kalukuhan ito
    di nga mapagradweyt
    lahat ng kabataang pilipino
    sa elementarya
    kung ano ano pa ang dinadagdag

    galing kay aroyo pa ito
    na sunudsunuran naman si pnoy

    isip tokwa talaga ang mga nasa deped
    epekto ng miseducation
    pera lang ang interes
    dahil pag mas maraming libro atbp
    tiba tiba ang kita

    pati rin
    mga amigo nila na negosyante
    karamihang intsik

    taong bayan ang kawawa

    • Anonymous

      ang taong sarado ang kaisipan, lahat nakikita. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    “The first batch of senior high schoolstudents will enter Grade 11 in school year 2016-2017″ 

    Does that mean that there will be no one entering any of the colleges in school years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018?

  • Anonymous

    aayyyy… Salamat may pag-asa na rin matuloy… sana… matuloy na… 

    Sana… tulungan ng media na inform yun public kung bakit dapat mag karoon ng K + 12. 

    Old Philosophy : Hintayin muna natin dumami pera ng mga Pinoy bago ipatupad yan. Taasan muna kalidad ng pagtuturo, padamihin muna classroom, etc…. bago patupad K+12… 

    New Philosphy: Gamitin natin yun K+12 para maging competitive tayo para ma-improve yun Pilipinas para tumaas kalidad ng pagtuturo, dumami classroom, etc. 

  • Anonymous

    Scrap the pork barrel, use it to increase the number of classrooms and the salaries of our dear public skul teachers.

    Isama mo na din yung competency training ng ating mga mahal na guro.

    Iskul bukul lang ang kalalabasan nyan given the current number of classrooms and teachers at bulok na sistema sa DepEd.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5R7FDH6I73P4IOHMOLQGDWOW7E n

    mas gugustuhin ko pang magtagal sa eskwelahan ang anak ko kesa magkolehiyo na hindi handa.. ang K+12 ay isang pagbabago sa pagiisip nating mga Pilipino na iwasan ang “shortcut” sa buhay at matutunan ang pundasyon ng kaalaman at buhay na hindi minamadali.. I’m a product of the public school system and I like it to be the best that our common people can get. Change for the better is never to be made tomorrow, it must be done today. I’m excited for K+12 and hoping that I can help to make it successful. Go PH!

  • labcu

    This will be a failure because of the following reasons:

    1. Two years additional burden to parents. It means more expenses to the family.
    2. Two years additional schooling but no additional school facilities, equipments and materials.
    3. Not fully equipped teachers.
    4. No opportunity/support for continuous training and education for teachers.
    5. Low salaries.
    6. Higher percentage of dropout
    7. Poor basic elementary teaching methods
    8.No opportunities for employment after graduation

    The countries that implement this educational curricula had established all the basic needs of school children. Every school has complete school facilities to include gymnasium, park/playground, library, music/arts center, clinic, canteen/kitchen and school bussess.  Each classroom is equipped with restroom, sink, computers, telephone, educational toys, materials, books etc. From Pre-K to 1st grade have a teacher and a teacher assistant plus parents volunteers.

    The school provide free meals to low income families, those who can afford pay a minimal amount. The school provide after school activities like Language classess, music/drama/sports and arts. They provide free early interventions assistance to differently abled children. The PTA just pay an affordable amount to cover classroom supplies and dues. Teachers were given trainings to update their knowledge. The teaching methodology is structured. The outcome, Pre-K school children knew already how to read and write.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MWGGJFRWHMN55CVS52HGXRPE5E Stone

      no such thing as too much education. learning doesn’t necessarily means that equipment etc must be complete. it all depends on the teacher-students relationship. if students want to learn, even using the ground as writing board could educate them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBCTDTS2O7GWEO6TXEIPPHLQFY Mervin

    This is a good program for the lower level families only. It will encourage them to attend school for preparing them a decent job without thinking of going to college. I hope this will be in a public schools so everyone can admit without costing them more expenses andI hope this program will work so we can gather all the children and educate themselves for better future.

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