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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 23, 2012


DepEd - 8 first regional education summit draws stakeholders support

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Jan 23 (PIA) - The Department of Education (DepEd) in Eastern Visayas drew varied stakeholders’ support to the implementation of the K to 12 basic education program during its first regional education summit, Jan 21.

According to DepEd Undersecretary for Programs and Projects Yolanda S. Quijano, the graduates of K to 12 will be holistically – developed young Filipinos armed with 21st century skills as the program will shape the students to be emotionally mature, acquire mastery of basic competencies, and legally employable with potential for better earnings.

Quijano further enlightened about 200 stakeholders coming from the local government units, media sector, parents- teachers associations, teachers’ coalitions, student leaders, and the association of private schools in its effort to strengthen the quality basic education thru the “K to 12” program starting this year.

She revealed the four phases for its full implementation: Phase I – The laying of the foundations from October 2010 until May 2012 which is Universal Kinder Implementation and enhancement of universal kindergarten law; Phase II – Modeling and Initial migration from June 2012 – May 2016 which includes the migration of Grades 1 and 7 roll forward, Senior High School (SHS) modeling and enactment of K to 12 basic education law.

For Phase III, it will be the SHS roll-out from June 2012 up to May 2018 where the Grades 11 and 12 implementation in public schools starts and complete migration to new elementary curriculum including Grades 5 and 6. While the Phase IV is the completion of the reform which is covered from June 2018 – May 2023 wherein the K to 12 basic education curriculum will be completely migrated already.

That the K to 12 is Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education which are sort out as follows, Kindergarten (5 years old), (6) years of elementary (Grade 1 - 6 years old; Grade 2 - 7 years old; Grade 3 - 8 years old; Grade 4 - 9 years old; Grades 5 - 10 years old; Grade 6 - 11 years old), (4) years of Junior High School (Grade 7 - 12 years old; Grade 8 - 13 years old; Grade 8 - 13 years old; Grade 9 - (14 years old); Grade 10 - (15 yeas old); and (2) years of Senior High School (Grade 11 – 16 years old; and Grade 12 – 17 years old. In other words, it’s Kindergarten – 6 – 4 – 2, the K to 12 basic education program, she added. (PIA8 – SoLeyte)

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