The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday clarified that the government’s proposed 12-year education cycle will be introduced gradually.
The DepEd said the 12-year education cycle or the “Kindergarten + 12” program aims to match basic education cycles in most countries in the world, and to produce skilled and “employable” high school graduates.
In a press briefing, the DepEd unveiled its proposed K-6-4-2 model, which involves kindergarten, 6 years of elementary education, 4 years of junior high school (grades 7 to 10), and 2 years of senior high school (grades 11-12).
It said that the 2 years of senior high school intend to provide time for students to consolidate acquired academic skills and competencies.
The curriculum will allow specialization in science and technology, music and arts, agriculture and fisheries, sports, business, and entrepreneurship, among others.
Those who will go through the 12-year program will program will get an elementary diploma (6 years), a junior high school diploma (4 years) and a senior high school diploma (2 years).
A full 12 years of basic education will eventually be required for entry into tertiary level education (entering freshmen by school year 2018-2019) or 7 years from now.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro clarified that it will take a 4- to 5-year transition period before the program is implemented. (PIA)