Pres. Aquino signs Enhanced Basic Education Act

“For kindergarten and the first three (3) years of elementary education, instruction, teaching materials and assessment shall be in the regional or native language of the learners. The Department of Education (DepED) shall formulate a mother language transition program from Grade 4 to Grade 6 so that Filipino and English shall be gradually introduced as languages of instruction until such time when these two (2) languages can become the primary languages of instruction at the secondary level.”

Pres. Aquino signing Enhanced Basic Education Act

Pres. Aquino signing Enhanced Basic Education Act

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday morning signed into law the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, mandating kindergarten and adding two years to secondary education to place the country’s curriculum on par with international standards.

The President said Republic Act 10533, widely known as the K to 12 Act, would “lay the foundations for a better future for every Filipino child.”

“Our people’s unwavering support has allowed us to make this vision a reality: to establish a system of education that truly imbues our youth with the skills they need to pursue their dreams,” Aquino told lawmakers, Cabinet officials, diplomats and students in Malacañang.

“By signing this bill into law, we are not just adding two years of additional learning for our students; we are making certain that the coming generations are empowered to strengthen the very fabric of our society, as well as our economy,” he added.

The enhanced basic education program covers at least one year of kindergarten, six years of elementary education and six years of secondary education in both public and private schools.

Secondary education includes four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school education – the additional Grades 11 and 12. (Reported by TJ Burgonio,Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 15th, 2013)

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Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

One thought on “Pres. Aquino signs Enhanced Basic Education Act

  1. PNoy and the pro-K to 12 we’re-gonna-get-better trumpeters got their wish. Now on to the task of retraining teachers and school administrators and finding the money needed for the required educational infrastructure and, more importantly, redesigning and strengthening and fine-tuning the K to 12 curriculum to produce the desired basic education graduates “better” prepared for college or, if not college, skills-ready to join the ranks of the employed.

    The matter is now a fait accompli. Even as we initially thought there had to be less expensive ways with the aid of fast-developing technologies and a generous dose of common sense to achieve the goals of the new law, we, nonetheless, sincerely look forward for the successful implementation of RA 10533.

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