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Latest News Philippines: DepEd: No problem with K to 12 program – Journal.com.ph:
FOLLOWING the formal signing into law of the K to 12 program, the Department of Education (DepEd) said he sees no problem in reaching a higher number of enrollees for preschool children before classes formally open on June 3.
DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said based on their datas, there are already 2.2 million children enrolled in kindergarten.
“Ang enrolment natin sa Kindergarten ngayon ay 2.2 million, so hindi na ito magiging problema sa darating na pasukan. Ang magiging problema lang natin dito ’yung mga kinder na bago,” Luistro said.
He said thrust of the education department is to implement the universal public kindergarten program for a 5-year-olds to give new entrants to basic education on the proper education on the rigors of schooling.
Earlier, President Benigno Aquino III formally signed into law the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, otherwise known as the Kindergarten to Grade 12 program.
Under the law, it adds two more years in secondary education and makes Kindergarten mandatory among five-year-olds. The two additional years in secondary education otherwise known as senior high school are aimed to serve as a specialization period for high school students, whether in vocational skills, music, the arts or sports. High school graduates have the option to pursue jobs with a basic education diploma or proceed to college.
Nearly 80 percent of the school children nationwide in both public and private schools have enrolled in the coming school year.
The early enrolment, which started since January, aims to make parents of children who are five years old by June will have enough time to enroll their kids and, to make the education department better in preparation for the school opening, Luis-tro said.
The DepEd chief, however, said they can still accept pupils to enrol in Grade 1 who have not yet taken up preschool education.
“Makakapag-enrol pa rin naman sila, ’yun nga lang ihihiwalay po natin sila sa mainstream kasi kawawa naman sila. Grade 1 pa rin naman sila ’yun nga lang may special tutorial para sa kanila,” Luistro explained.
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