Start of K-12 basic education draws flak

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The Enhanced K-12 Basic Education Program, viewed as President Benigno Aquino III’s flagship program for the education sector, has begun implementation for school year (SY) 2011-2012 amid wide criticism from different sectors.

The Department of Education’s (DepEd) K-12 program will add two more years to the basic education system. It will start in SY 2012-2013 for Grade 1 and first year high school students with the target of full implementation by SY 2018-2019.

For the present school year, the DepEd started the K-12’s “phase to phase” implementation with the universal kindergarten scheme, imposing a mandatory additional pre-school year for all five-year-olds who entered public schools. Some 1.2 million five-year-olds started kindergarten last June 6.

This means that those who enrolled in the universal kindergarten scheme will be taking six years of elementary (Grades 1 to 6), four years of junior high school (Grades 7 to 10) and two years more of senior high school (Grades 11 to 12), or 13 years of basic education. (read full story here)

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