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Handout:

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN THE


SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE PHILIPPINES

SEDP Secondary Education Development Program


- It aims to strengthen the students preparation for work or for tertiary education.
- This program was implemented nationwide beginning SY 1989-1990 with the NEW
SECONDARY EDUCATION CURRICULUM (NSEC) as a major component.

FOCUS OF SEDP:
1. Curriculum Reform
2. Quality Textbooks and Teachers manual on 1:1 ratio
3. Science and Work Education Equipment
4. Staff Development
5. Assistance to Private Secondary Education

NSEC New Secondary Education Curriculum


- it is the major component of SEDP.
- It was characterized as cognitive-affective-manipulative-based consisting of eight subject areas
English, Filipino, Social Studies, Physical Education/Health/Music (PEHM), Technology and
Home Economics, Values Education, Science and Mathematics are programmed in a 40-minute
daily schedule instead of the current one hour thrice weekly schedule.

Objectives of the NESC

1. Develop and enlightened commitment to the national ideals.


2. Obtain knowledge and form desirable attitudes for understanding the nature and purpose of man.
3. Develop skills in higher intellectual operations and more complex comprehension and
expression activities.
4. Broaden and heighten ones abilities in and appreciation for the arts and science and technology
as a means for self-fulfillment and for promoting the welfare of others.

Curriculum Features
1. Student-centered and community-oriented
2. Cognitive affective manipulative based

3. Values education offered as a separate subject aside from being integrated in the teaching of the
other subject areas.
4. Desired learning competencies identified in each subject area.
5. Every subject has a 40-minute time frame, except for Science & Technology and Practical Arts
for T.H.E which have 60-minute daily periods.
6. Work experience concepts integrated with Values Education and Technology and Home
Economics.
7. Emphasis on critical thinking to promote creativity and productivity at all levels.

The DECS Bilingual Education Policy

- It is designed to develop competence in both Filipino and English.


- The SEDP curriculum follows the constitutional mandate as stated in Section 6 , Article 14, to
wit:
That the national language of the Philippines is Filipino. As it evolves, it shall be further
developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages.

Source: Bauzon, Prisciliano. Foundations of Curriculum Development and Management.


Manila: National Book Store Inc. 2001.