'55,000 classrooms needed for DepEd's K+12 plan'

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 12 2010 05:21 PM | Updated as of Nov 13 2010 01:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Education Secretary Armin Luistro revealed Friday that an additional 55,000 classrooms will be needed to support the planned K+12 Expanded Basic Education Program of the government.

Luistro revealed this at the sidelines of the 1st regional  Basic Education Summit held in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan Friday morning.

During the summit, the education secretary met with local stakeholders to address the various local concerns of the educational sector in the area and find out creative ways to address them.

The summit was also a venue for consultation on the expanded program, which Luistro said was well received by the summit participants.

Luistro hopes to make the summit regional. "Actually ito yung kauna-unahang education summit sa buong Pilipinas. Pina-pilot test natin dito. In next 3 months, regional summits parang ganito. By April, yun yung national summit specific to K+12," he said.

As earlier announced, the K+12 program will be implemented starting next year with the universal kindergarten program. By 2012,  additional years  for those starting grade 1 and first year high school  will begin.

Luistro said the DepEd must build classrooms for those in grade 11 by 2016, and those in grade 12 the following year.

He said the department plans to tap the controversial conditional cash transfer program of government to prevent dropouts, especially among those in grades 1-3 where such cases are prevalent.