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Classes start today
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Classes in public schools start today with the Department of Education implementing the K to 12 Basic Education Program, Negros Occidental Schools Superintendent Rizalino Tortosa said yesterday.

It’s all systems go with more than 300,000 Negros Occidental elementary and secondary students expected to return to school, he said.

He also said 1,400 grade one and grade seven teachers have been trained in the implementation of the K to 12 program, he said.

For the first time, students will now be entering grade 7 and not first year high school as it was previously known starting today, Tortosa said.

Tortosa said they can manage with the number of teachers and classrooms in Negros Occidental.

But, hopefully, more teachers will be assigned to Negros Occidental in the succeeding days, he added.

The DepEd in Region 6 will have 637 new teachers this school year, DepEd Regional Director Mildred Garay said.

Under the K to 12 program the additional two years in high school education will be implemented in 2016 and 2017 yet, so the DepEd has enough time to close the gap as far as number of teachers and classrooms are concerned, Garay had said earlier.

The new K to 12 curriculum for Grade 1 to Grade 7 will be implemented for school year 2012-2013 and will progress in succeeding years.

Grade 11 of high school year five will be introduced in school year 2016-2017 and grade 12 or high school year six will be in school year 2017-2018, she said.

The first batch of students to go through K to 12 will graduate in 2018, she said.

The two years to be added after the existing four-year high school program with be called “senior high school”.*CPG

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