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DepEd to give updates on K-12 curriculum on Jan. 30

MANILA: The Department of Education (DepEd) is expected to release updates on the ongoing review of the Kinder to Grade 12 (K-12) curriculum by January 30.

In a press statement, the DepEd said the K-12 updates will be among the contents of its Basic Education Report (BER) 2023.

“The BER 2023 aims to present the state of basic education in the country, and the plans and initiatives of the Department to fulfill its mandate,” the DepEd said.

It will also launch the education agenda and the new call to action for all Filipinos.

“The Department intends to provide a broad report about the basic education sector which will include updates on the on-going review of the K to 12 curriculum,” it added.

DepEd issued this clarification after Malacañang Press Briefer Daphne Oseña-Paez said Vice President and Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary will be presenting a revised K-12 curriculum before the month ends.

“...The Department of Education, the Secretary VP [Vice President] Inday Sara Duterte presented the plans for inclusive learning, support for teachers, improving the curriculum. The DepEd will be presenting a revised K-12 curriculum for basic ed on January 30th,” she said.

The current K-12 program in the Philippines, which was implemented in 2012, covers kindergarten, six years of primary education, four years of junior high school, and two years of senior high school to prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment and entrepreneurship.

Marcos earlier asked Duterte to carefully review the K-12 program, citing the need to “develop” and “refine” the great pool of Filipino talent.

He also wanted the country's literacy rate to improve under his administration.

In his first State of the Nation Address in July last year, Marcos said the Philippines should do better in international rankings when it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Also during the Cabinet meeting, Marcos asked the Department of Social Welfare and Development to remain on heightened alert amid the inclement weather.

Likewise, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla presented achievements in 2022 and plans for 2023.

“He highlighted the justice department’s theme of compassionate justice in keeping with the directive of the president who asked that he check on legal representation of prisoners based on the President’s experience in Ilocos Norte where he remembered that many prisoners didn’t have access to lawyers,” Oseña-Paez said.

Achievements in other agencies including the Departments of the Interior and Local Government, Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, Energy, Labor and Employment, Health, Migrant Workers, Environment and Natural Resources were also discussed.

Oseña-Paez said the President also reminded agencies to “know what each other is doing” and “maximize the synergy in order to work together to achieve the 8-point socioeconomic agenda.

Source: Philippines News Agency