House ratifies the proposed K12 education program
The House of Representatives has ratified a bicameral conference committee reporton the proposed K12 education program.To be known as the Enhanced Basic Education Act, the proposed act will requirechildren to undergo one-year kindergarten education and 12 years of basic education.Rep. Rosenda Ocampo (6
District, Manila), chairperson of the House Committeeon Basic Education and Culture, said the 12 years basic education would cover six yearsof elementary education, four years of junior high school, and two years of senior highschool. The first batch of students completing the K12 program will graduate in March2018, Ocampo said.Ocampo said the measure requires kindergarten and the first three years of elementary education, instruction, teaching materials and assessment in the regional or native language of the learners.Under the bill, the Department of Education (DepEd) shall formulate a mother language transition program from Grade 4 to Grade 6 so that Filipino and English shall begradually introduced as languages of instruction until such time when these two languagescan become the primary languages on instruction at the secondary level.Ocampo said the DepEd shall work with Commission on Higher Education andTechnical Education (CHED) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority(TESDA) in formulating the design and details of the enhanced basic educationcurriculum, craft harmonized basic and tertiary
for the global competitiveness of Filipino graduates and ensure college readiness, and avoid remedial and duplication of basic education subjects.Ocampo said current DepEd teachers should be re-trained to meet the content and performance standards of the new K to 12 curriculum.She said superintendents, principals, subject area coordinators, and other instructional school leaders shall likewise undergo workshops and training to enhancetheir skills on their role as academic, administrative, and community leaders.The DepEd and private education Institutions may also hire practitioners withexpertise in the specialized learning areas offered by the basic education curriculum toteach in the secondary level, provided that they teach on part-time basis only.
NR # 3021FEB. 20, 2013