''All over the world, pre-schooling is given to all young children as the first year of basic education. We don’t solve this deficiency by renaming day care centers as pre-schools. We need to build a proper pre-school system and make this available to all children regardless of income.
''All public school children (and all public schools) will have pre-schooling as their introduction to formal schooling by 2016.''
March 19, 2013: Every child in the Philippines will now have the chance to be schooled. This is the vision of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Education (DepEd) as they launch Kariton Klasrum with the theme “Katropa, Edukasyon at Kalusugan Mo’y Sagot ko! Sakay na sa Kariton ng Pagbabago!” (Continue reading)
February 18, 2013: The Department of Education has issued the guidelines in assessing the year-end school readiness of kindergarten to check on their pre-schooling progress with the end view of providing them with specific learning intervention. Kindergarten education has been made mandatory in public schools in 2011 by virtue of Republic Act 10157. To assess the performance level of all kindergarten pupils, DepEd came up with School Readiness Year-end Assessment (SReYA). (Continue reading)
May 20, 2012: The implementation of Mother Tongue Based Multi Lingual Education (MTB-MLE) for Public Schools for kindergarten up to Grade 3 is to support the goal of “Every child a reader.” (Continue reading)
March 3, 2012: The Philippines received a $1.5 million grant from Japan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a public-private partnership project that seeks to put 6,000 poor children in preschool classrooms by 2014. (Continue reading)
February 27, 2012 - Attending kindergarten for public school children is now a prerequisite for Grade 1 following the passage of Republic Act 10157 or the Kindergarten Education Act. The law provides for free one-year public kindergarten education for children at least five years old starting school year 2012-2013. (Continue reading)
April 28, 2011: More than 1 million children have signed up for kindergarten classes during Department of Education's (DepEd) early registration campaign ahead of the program's implementation in all public schools starting June. Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the universal public kindergarten program for 5-year-old children will give them proper preparation for schooling. (Continue reading)
October 6, 2010: The education department has formally launched its K+12 program, which adds 2 years to basic education in the country.
This means that aside from kindergarten, 6 years of elementary, and 4 years of high school, students will have to undergo an additional 2 years of study in senior high school.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro says the additional 2 years will help students decide what course they will take in college. (Continue reading)
October 5, 2010: The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday clarified that the government's proposed 12-year education cycle will be introduced gradually.
The DepEd said the 12-year education cycle or the "Kindergarten + 12" program aims to match basic education cycles in most countries in the world, and to produce skilled and "employable" high school graduates.
In a press briefing, the DepEd unveiled its proposed K-6-4-2 model, which involves kindergarten, 6 years of elementary education, 4 years of junior high school (grades 7 to 10), and 2 years of senior high school (grades 11-12).
It said that the 2 years of senior high school intend to provide time for students to consolidate acquired academic skills and competencies. (Continue reading)
August 9, 2010: Education secretary Armin Luistro bared the department's plan to come up with an official and formal first draft that will add 2 more years to basic education on Monday.
The K+12 or "Kindergarten plus 12 years" program is a specialized education curriculum that is set to be announced on the celebration of World Teacher's Day on October 5.
July 30, 2010: Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Friday said he is giving his full support to President Benigno Aquino III's plan to add 2 more years to the country's basic education cycle.
In a statement, Luistro said upgrading the country's education cycle would make it at par with the world's standard. “I am not having second thoughts and the President has my full support in this education reform agenda," he said.
The 12-year education plan includes 7 years of primary (elementary) education, and 5 years of secondary (high school) education. The proposal also includes one year of pre-school for pupils before entering Grade 1. (Continue reading)