PNoy signs into law K to 12 Program

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 15 2013 12:06 PM | Updated as of May 15 2013 09:33 PM

MANILA - President Aquino has signed Republic Act 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 that institutionalizes the K to 12 basic education program.  

The law adds two years to basic education, covering kindergarten and 12 years of basic education: six years of primary education (Grade 1-6), four years of junior high school (Grades 7-10) and two years of senior high school (Grades 11-12). The law aims to improve the quality of basic education and adequately prepare high school graduates for college education, work or employment, making them globally competitive.  

“Sa pagkakaroon naman ng senior high school kung saan makakapili ang kabataang Pilipino ng specialized tracks para sa akademya, technical education, at sports and arts, ginagarantiya nating talagang handa silang humakbang para abutin ang kanilang mga mithiin," President Aquino said in his speech. 

Aquino said the government is on track to close the classroom gap by the end of the year. He said that last year saw the end of the shortage of textbooks and classroom seats. 

“Siyempre, nariyan din po ang maaasahang pamumuno ni Bro. Armin Luistro. Ang good news nga po: tuluyan na nating nabura noong nakaraang taon ang minana nating backlog sa textbooks at upuan para sa ating mga pampublikong paaralan. Ngayong pong 2013, napipinto na ring matugunan ang minana nating kakulangan na 66,800 na silid-aralan. Talaga nga pong heaven sent sa atin si Bro. Armin, lalo na pagdating ng December 31,” Aquino said.  

During his speech, President Aquino greeted Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara who has made it in the Senate magic 12 based on partial results for the senatorial race. 

“Representative, soon to be senator, Sonny Angara,” Aquino said as the audience cheered.