PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012
DepEd: K+12 curriculum “more fun”by Susan G. de Leon
PASIG CITY, Jan 12 (PIA) -- The new K+12 curriculum set to be implemented June this year would be “more fun” for the students, Education department official said.
Secretary Armin Luistro of the Department of Education said in a news release that the student-centered curriculum would be more “enjoyable and interactive, lessons will be taught using language easily understood by students, and will require less contact time."
The K+12 program is part of the education reform program under the Aquino administration which seeks to revise the current 10-year basic education cycle to 12 by adding two years of senior high school and giving more grounding to students in technical-vocational education.
Under the new curriculum, Grade 1 pupils will be required to go to school for half a day.
"From six hours contact time every day, we will reduce it to four hours to make education less stressful and more enjoyable for our young learners," Luistro said.
"It is important that our learners develop that natural love for learning and not feel that it is something imposed on them," he added.
On the other hand, Luistro said, the first year high school curriculum will be more interactive and relevant in everyday life. Science teaching, for example, will be based on its practical use, he added.
“As students go up the ladder, we want them to learn livelihood skills while at the same time giving them the chance to appreciate and enjoy their lessons,” Luistro said.
Under the new curriculum, lessons will be taught under the mother tongue-based multi-lingual education (MTB-MLE) method from Kinder up to Grade 3.
Studies conducted by DepEd have shown that students learn better when the language used at home is the same language used in discussing class lessons at school. (DepEd/RJB/SDL-PIA NCR)