Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:21
The newest reform in the country's education system will enable teachers to handle their classes much easier with problems involving textbooks and classrooms soon to be resolved, Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro said on Monday.
"(K+12) would allow teachers more efficient monitoring and the textbook shortage will be addressed when the school opens this June," he said.
He said he has instructed the delivery of textbooks and chairs to all 45,000 public schools nationwide this summer.
"If these pull the public back from embracing K+12, let me assure it won't be a problem anymore come June 4," Luistro said.
"K+12 means extending basic education by two years, so instead of having a high school graduate at 16 (years old), we will have high schoolers graduating at 18," he explained.
The program is proposed to start in school year 2012-2013 for Grade 1 and first year high school students with the target of full implementation by school year 2018-2019.
The DepEd stressed that the K+12 program will be the solution to the yearly basic education woes and the deteriorating quality of education. Critics, however, claimed that the education crisis needs to be addressed more fundamentally and adding more school years would only exacerbate the situation.
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