Last Tuesday April 23, 2012 as Manila reaches 36 degrees heat, President Benigno Aquino III spearheaded the launched of Department of Education's (DepEd) Kintergarden to Year 12 (K to 12) program happened at Malacanang Palace, Manila. The momentous event was presented by DepEd's Secretary Bro Armin A. Luistro FSC with the full support of its Under Secretaries and Cabinet members. The one year designing and preparations of the new curriculum is now completed and will be implemented this coming school year starting June.
It was my a privileged to witnessed this event together with other forms of media esp my co-bloggers which seated at the 3rd row from the podium which the president gave his message that day. On my opinion I agreed to what the government aims to pursue this program. Firstly, I experience to add more units on my study to complete the requirements for me to study abroad (which didn't pursue for personal reasons), secondly, I think studying or more time in school makes you more knowledgeable and be more interested on what you are learning. Thirdly, we can be more competent globally because we had number of units that other country has.
For the opening remarks, Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said that the event is another milestone in the commitment of the government to upgrade basic education in the country and offer better employment opportunities for the graduates of the education reform program. Because of the added two years which also called Senior High School Grade 11 and 12, a more balanced approached to learning that will enable children to acquire and master lifelong learning skills against a congestion curriculum for 21st century. Moreover, the parents is more confident and will make their children employable after the K to 12 program, freeing them of the burden of having to spend for college.
President Benigno Aquino III, supported the Secretary's vision and promise an additional budget for education. He stated that our country is one of three countries having a 10-year basic education curriculum the other two are countries from Africa. The President reiterated that with K to 12 Basic Education Program, the Filipino will boost its confidence and help not only his family but the country as well and with having a strong education system the country and its people will be more competitive. He said that with this new system, a lot of obstacles and trials will be encounter specially with parents but with their cooperation and adapting the change it will be a success.
With DepEd's ASec. Toni Umali, co-bloggers and Tita Marikit