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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 19, 2012


Young learners to spend shorter hours in school

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA) -- To make education “less stressful” and “more enjoyable” for young learners, the Department of Education (DepEd) annouced that incoming Grade 1 pupils for the school year 2012 to 2013 will be spending shorter hours in school — from six hours to only four hours.

The new class schedule was based on the implementation of the new curriculum for Grade 1 pupils as part of the launch of DepEd’s Enhanced K- to-12 basic education program this coming school year.

DepEd Cordillera regional director Teresita Velasco said that the new curriculum will only require pupils to go to school for half a day. At present, pupils in public schools that practice double shifts spend six hours in school.

Velasco explained that cutting school hours for Grade 1 pupils will make schooling more enjoyable. "It is important that our youthful learners develop that natural love for learning and not feel that it is something imposed on them," she said.

She added that apart from shorter school hours, the new curriculum to be implemented ensures easily understood lessons using the language spoken at home.

In a press statement, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that the new curriculum is centered more on the pupils rather than on the traditional way of teaching which is focused on the teacher, making it a real learning experience for the pupils, meaning, it will be less on memorization, but more encouraging of critical thinking.

Luistro added that the new K- to-12 curriculum will also implement the Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education (MTB-MLE) in studying lessons from Kindergarten up to Grade 3.

Under the K-to-12 program of DepEd, the public school system will have kindergarten which started in school year 2011 — six years in elementary, four years in junior high school, and two more years for senior high school, where students will have more time to sharpen their employable skills. (JDP/JBZ PIA CAR).

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