Promise 21: A 12-year basic education cycle


Posted at Jul 25 2010 12:21 AM | Updated as of Jul 25 2015 02:37 AM

The Promise
''We need to add two years to our basic education. Those who can afford pay for up to fourteen years of schooling before university. Thus, their children are getting into the best universities and the best jobs after graduation. I want at least 12 years for our public school children to give them an even chance at succeeding.
''My education team has designed a way to go from our current 10 years (6 elementary, 4 high school) to a K-12 system in five years starting SY 2011-12. Kindergarten (K) to Grade 12 is what the rest of the world gives their children.
''I will expand the basic education cycle in this country from a short 10-year cycle to a globally-comparable 12 years before the end of the next administration (2016).''
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June 30, 2015 - The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered Malacañang and the Department of Education (DepEd), through its secretary Armin Luistro, to submit their comment on the latest petition filed against the K-12 basic education program. (Continue reading)

June 23, 2015 - A petition to be filed today in the Supreme Court (SC) alleges that the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum has diluted the special science curriculum of the Manila Science High School and violated the right of its students to quality education and the duty of their parents and teachers to ensure that they get that kind of education. (Continue reading)

May 29, 2015 - Three days before the opening of classes, a "No to K-12" caravan was staged in front of the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday by various groups that oppose the new basic education program. (Continue reading)

May 24, 2015 - Malacanang allayed fears there will be a massive dropout of students as the government prepares to implement fully the K to 12 program, which adds two more years to secondary education. (Continue reading)

May 20, 2015 - The Department of Education (DepEd) has made major improvements in the country's educational system since the start of the Aquino administration, Secretary Armin Luistro said. (Continue reading)

May 9, 2015 - Halfway through its implementation and even with the required legislation that gave it teeth, a new basic education system in the Philippines continues to face challenges from politicians and groups that find the government's preparations for it insufficient. (Continue reading)

April 17, 2015 - The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is ready to defend its revised college general education curriculum, which is the current subject of a petition for certiorari and prohibition before the Supreme Court (SC). (Continue reading)

April 15, 2015 - Academicians led by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera have added their voices against the K+12 program. (Continue reading)

April 14, 2015 - With 14 months left before the rollout of the K to 12 program, which adds two years to the basic education system, Senator Pia Cayetano said she was worried about the country's readiness for it. (Continue reading)

March 17, 2015 - Education Secretary Armin Luistro remains steadfast in pushing for the full implementation of the K to 12 program starting next year despite a pending legal challenge before the Supreme Court (SC). (Continue reading)

March 12, 2015 - Groups opposed to the government's K to 12 program, a national 12-year basic education program, went to the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday to stop the program's implementation. (Continue reading)

March 7, 2015 - Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV on Saturday headed the launching of a coalition composed of groups seeking to convince the government to shelve the K to 12 program. (Continue reading)

June 24, 2014 - The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are appealing to Congress to create an estimated P30 billion stabilization fund to help mitigate the effects of the K-12 program. (Continue reading)

July 7, 2014 - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is pushing for the suspension of the K to 12 program until "fundamental problems" in the education system have been resolved. (Continue reading)

June 24, 2014 - The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are appealing to Congress to create an estimated P30 billion stabilization fund to help mitigate the effects of the K-12 program. (Continue reading)

July 13, 2013 - Seven more languages have been used as medium of instruction from Kindergarten up to Grade 3 as part of the mother tongue-based education under the K to 12 program starting this school year. (Continue reading)

May 15, 2013 - President Benigno S. Aquino III signed the K to 12 law, a landmark piece of legislation that institutionalizes 12 years of basic education, making it responsive to global educational standards. The law, which introduces two additional years in secondary education and makes Kindergarten mandatory among five-year olds, is expected to give graduates better choices in the field of work or further education. (Continue reading) 

May 7, 2013 - The Department of Education is offering scholarships to teachers and education supervisors to hone their skills in effectively communicating to students a culture-based K to 12 curriculum. Secretary of Education Armin A. Luistro said it is important to understand that the goal of K to 12 is to develop holistic learners who are fully aware of their cultural identity as Filipinos. (Continue reading) 

February 8, 2013 - The public and education stakeholders are invited to the two-day event (GO! Education) which will be highlighted by presentations of private partners, a VIP event, and a Rock Ed concert featuring Moonstar88 and Ebe Dancel at 8 p.m. on February 9. The event aims to create public awareness on the accomplishments thus far of the department especially in improving teacher quality, reform in the basic education curriculum through K to 12 as well as initiatives to fill up education resource gaps to achieve zero backlog by the end of 2013. (Continue reading) 

January 23, 2013 - The K to 12 Basic Education Program that gives high school graduates better choices in the field of work or further education has been passed in the Senate on the third and final reading yesterday. (Continue reading) 

November 20, 2012 - A bill that will ensure the continuity of K to 12 and its corresponding funding by the state has been approved overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives by a vote of 190 in favor and eight against. The Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2012, or House Bill 6643, was approved on third reading yesterday. (Continue reading) 

November 19, 2012 - The Department of Education (DepEd) has released additional guidelines in the hiring of kindergarten teachers aimed at coming up with a standard in their selection and deployment in public schools nationwide. Also, DepEd has started implementing universal kindergarten in all public schools nationwide since 2011 as the entry point in the K to 12 Basic Education Reform Program. (Continue reading) 

October 25, 2012 - An increased percentage of public approval regarding K to 12 has been revealed. 72% of Filipino adults from the previous survey result of 65% believed that K to 12 will help the student to hone their skills for college and work life. (Continue reading) 

October 21, 2012 - The House of Representative approved of the second reading of the HB No. 6643 which is the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2012 or also known as K to 12 Basic Education Program. (Continue reading) 

October 10, 2012 - Twenty-five members of the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture approved of the K to 12 Basic Education Program. (Continue reading) 

September 3, 2012 - Science teachers of both public and private elementary and secondary schools attended the 2012 National Science Club Month (NSCM) celebration and seminar workshop to strengthen their knowledge for the K to12 program. (Continue reading) 

August 15, 2012 - DepEd signed a memorandum of agreement with the government of Makati and TESDA in honing the senior high school students in UMAK under the K to 12 Basic Education Program. (Continue reading) 

July 24, 2012 - DepEd and United States Agency of International Development (USAID) commenced an assessment of on-going information communications technology for education (ICT4E) to enhance the K to 12 curriculum.  (Continue reading) 

July 19, 2012 - DepEd launched mall exhibit tours to promote the knowledge about K to 12 curriculums. The mall exhibit tour was entitled GO! Education (Greater Opportunities! Education). (Continue reading)

July 6, 2012 - DepEd created a Tech-Voc unit under the secondary education as it is a major composition of K to 12 and will strengthen the skills of students. (Continue reading)

June 17, 2012 - The SWS survey conducted from March 10 to 13, 2012 showed that 65% of Filipino believe that K to 12 will give students preparation and sufficient knowledge for work and college. (Continue reading) 

June 14, 2012 - DepEd allotted more slots for grade 7 students who wish to enter high school and finish their basic education.  GASTPE is responsible for the distribution of the Grade 7 ESC slots in each participating school on the basis of need and on the school’s demonstrated capacity to utilize slots previously allotted to them. (Continue reading)

June 3, 2012 - The opening of classes in school year 2012-2013 was marked by the pilot implementation of the K-to-12 Basic Education Program. The Department of Education has prepared to welcome 21.49 million students in public schools for the opening of classes last June 4. (Continue reading)

May 16, 2012 - DepEd was set to implement the Grade 1 and Grade 7 curriculum in all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide when schools opened this June. (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. (Continue reading)

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)

June 17, 2010 - The 12-year education cycle proposed by President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III will cost the Philippine government an additional P100 billion spread out in 5 years, Aquino's education adviser said Thursday.

In an interview with ANC’s Headstart, former Education Undersecretary Juan Miguel “Mike” Luz said the plan will not further strain the already budget-poor education system since the money will come from revenue previously lost to corruption. (Continue reading)

June 16, 2010 - To help reverse the decline in the quality of Philippine education, the incoming Aquino administration is mulling adding two more years to the country's basic education cycle--an additional year in elementary and another year in high school.

But, speaking on ANC's "The Rundown" on Tuesday night, an education expert says this may not be a realistic solution.

"Why are we trying to complicate the problem? Prolonging the cycle may not really address the issue. The crisis is, children are not learning, and children are dropping out. So, I think we should focus all our resources on enabling all the children to complete grade 6, math and reading and be good citizens," says Milwida Guevarra, president and CEO of Synergeia Foundation. (Continue reading)