Phl launches improved basic education program
() - April 24, 2012 - 9:06pm

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - The government formally launched today the new educational program, which aims to add more years to the basic education of Filipinos.

President Benigno S. Aquino III led the launching of the Department of Education's new curriculum for kindergarten to Year 12 (K to 12) program.

Aquino said that the new educational program will equip Filipinos with more knowledge to make them more competitive.

"What we want is to have a strong foundation for the next generation," he said.

He noted that the Philippines is the only country in Asia and one of the three economies in the world which has lesser number of years being spent on basic and pre-university education.

The Philippines has only 10-year basic education program - six years in elementary and four years in high school.

With K to 12, a child has to undergo kindergarten and 12 years of elementary and secondary education.

"We are embarking on what is arguably the most comprehensive basic education reform initiative ever done in the country since the establishment of the public education system more than a century ago," Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.

The new curriculum will be implemented in all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide starting in school year 2012-2013 when classes open in June.

 

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