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Filipino children entering kindergarten and Grade 1 will be able to read before they enroll in Grade 2, Education Secretary Armin Luistro assured President Beningno Aquino III during formal rites launching the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) in Malacañang Tuesday. “Masisiguro natin na bawat bata ay marunong nang bumasa bago tumuntong ng Grade 2,” Luistro declared. The Education chief also updated President Aquino on the K-12 implementation details. He said the summer training program for school teachers who will implement the new Grade 1 and Grade 7 curricula began last week and will end in May. He also assured that the printed teaching guides and learning modules will be in the hands of Grade 1 and Grade 7 teachers before the next school year starts in June. Grade 7 is the first year of the six years of high school in K-12. Senior high school will be phased in when School Year 2016-2017 starts. Activity sheets are also being printed for teachers and pupils at the kindergarten level. Luistro, who was president of the De La Salle University before he agreed to take the helm of the Department of Education, had earlier said that most private schools have been implementing K-12 for some years now and so that sector need only reflect curricular changes. “Mapapagbuti na natin ang kaalaman ng mga mag-aaral sa Agham at Matematika sa pagsusulong ng spiral approach sa ating bagong curriculum,” the DepEd chief said. He admitted though that the new curriculum is not perfect and can stand improvement. “Mapapagbuti na natin ang kaalaman ng mga mag-aaral sa Agham at Matematika sa pagsusulong ng spiral approach sa ating bagong curriculum ayusin. Babantayan namin sa unang taon ng pagpapatupad at lalong paiigtingin at itataas ang antas,” Luistro explained. Senator Edgardo J. Angara expressed support for the K-12 program of the DepEd."The call for educational reforms was sounded off three decades ago, back when I led the chaired the Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM)... But through the resolve of the DepEd, headed by Secretary Armin Luistro, we will finally start delivering world-class education to a larger number of Filipinos at relatively no cost to them," he added.
"The proposed K to 12 reform—and the wholesale changes aimed at strengthening our educational system—is not only timely, but long overdue," Angara said in a statement.
The chairman of the Senate committee on education, arts and culture said the country "cannot afford to delay this any further. The National Statistical Coordinating Board (NSCB) has warned that over the past decade, the number of college students who graduate each year has not increased fast enough to meet the growing needs of our population." — ELR, GMA News