Senate OKs mandatory, free kindergarten education with MTBMLE

By HANNAH L. TORREGOZA
Manila Bulletin, April 20, 2011

The bill titled “Kindergarten Education Act” aims to institutionalize kindergarten education into the basic education system.

Seventeen senators approved House Bill No. 3826, taking into consideration the counterpart Senate Bill No. 2700 filed by Sen. Ralph Recto.

Sen. Edgardo Angara, who chairs the Senate Committee on Education, Arts, and Culture, sponsored the consolidated bills.

The Senate version prescribes a mother tongue-based multilingual education as a medium of instruction for pre-school children.

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2 thoughts on “Senate OKs mandatory, free kindergarten education with MTBMLE

  1. Hurray for early childhood education! A Harvard University article pointed out that progressive nations all invest heavily on the care and education of the very young. The approval of the bill is a defining moment for early childhood education in our country. It would be good for all stakeholders to have in mind that the goal of a mandatory, compulsory and free kindergarten is not just to have as many children as possible to experience kindergarten, but more important for these children to experience QUALITY kindergarten. One that takes these Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) principles into consideration: age appropriateness, individual appropriateness, and cultural and social context appropriateness.

    Being subjected to poor quality early childhood education is as detrimental as having none at all. Quality kindergarten is the latest important challenge we need to seriously work on. Play matters matter. Tremendously.

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