DepEd bares 12-year basic education plan

By Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 09 2010 05:26 PM | Updated as of Aug 10 2010 12:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Monday bared plans to come up with an official and formal first draft proposal adding 2 more years to basic education.

The program is called "K plus 12" or Kindergarten plus 12 years.

The proposal is set to be announced on October 5, which is also the celebration of World Teachers' Day.

Luistro said the proposal will  be based on an intensive curriculum review, taking into consideration curriculum reviews that have been done in the past.

The Department of Education (DepEd) pointed out that only 16% of college students actually graduate from college. The proposal will benefit the 84% who may not get a college degree.

"K plus 12" aims to make basic education sufficient enough so that anyone who graduates can be gainfully employed and have a productive life.

Luistro said the reality is that a high school graduate is not even employable, so why waste 10 years on a student who cannot be gainfully employed? Add to that the fact that the legal age for employment is 18 years old.

Luistro also stressed that the "K plus 12 " proposal is not just a look at adding 2 years in basic education, but more important  is the quality of the curriculum.

The present curriculum might be too academic in orientation such that some students are deprived of their interests and god given talents.

"K plus 12" will look at the possibility of specialized education such as a high school or community, which will focus on the arts or agriculture.

Luistro said all these plans, the time line, and budget will be presented on October 5.