More than 21,700 public elementary and high school students in Dumaguete City are expected to flock to school today, even as the local Department of Education is preparing for the implementation of the K to 12 basic education curriculum program this year.
City Schools Division superintendent Ramir Uytico said the preparations include a series of trainings for teachers in private and public schools to equip them with skills in implementing the K to 12, that, he said, aims to equip the students with adequate competencies, emotional maturity, and increase the marketability of graduates before college and professional life.
Dr. Uytico said a student who completes the K to 12 will be equipped with specialized skills that match his or her talent, and will be recognized in the labor market with the certificates coming from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
Dexter Aguilar, provincial Schools Division assistant superintendent, said "K" refers to the institutionalization of kindergarten as part of the basic education system in that five-year old kids are required to enroll in kindergarten classes before their admission to grade 1.
The "12" refers to the 12 years of basic education required under the program, with six years in the elementary, four years in junior high school, and two years in senior high school, he added.
Aguilar also explained the advantages of the program, as it will put the Philippines at par with other countries that have 12 years in quality basic education.
Uytico, meanwhile, said a mother-tongue based multi-lingual education will be used in the curriculum for kinder and grades 1 to 3, where the Cebuano dialect, in the case of Negros Oriental, will be used as part of the medium of instruction.
To ensure the readiness of the teachers, Uytico said training for grade 7 or first year high school teachers were held Friday and Saturday, and on June 16.
The City Division has set up an Oplan Balik Eskwela information and action center where parents, students, or the public can lodge in their concerns or complaints, by calling 421-2473 or 2257247.*RG
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