When I got my son’s report card last month (who is in Grade 1), I finally got the chance to ask his teacher about his subjects. I noticed during their monthly and 1st periodical test that English subject was not included in their exams though he has an English notebook and book which as I checked everyday, are being used and studied.
Kindergarten has now been integrated into the basic education system to ensure that all grade 1 students are ready for academic learning. Republic Act No. 1057, or the Kindergarten Education Act, institutionalizes kindergarten as part of the basic education system and is compulsory for admission to grade 1.
– I remembered during my time, you can enroll directly as Grade 1 as long as you are already 7 years old:)
The mother tongue will be the medium of instruction from kindergarten to grade 3. This includes the following: Tagalog, Kapampangan, Pangasinense, Iloko, Bikol, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Waray, Tausug, Maguindanaoan, Maranao, and Chabacano. Medium of instruction will be English and Filipino starting grade 4.
– Now, I know. So when I asked what Mother Tongue is, it should not be answered as “it’s the same as Filipino”. It means Tagalog, the dialect mostly used by Rizalenos.
The core academic areas include Math; Filipino; English; Araling Panlipunan; Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao; and Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health (MAPEH). These are based on the College Readiness Standards of the Commission on Higher Education and are equivalent to the courses offered under the General Education Curriculum of Higher Education Institutions.
Science will be taught in grade 3, but its concepts will be integrated in other subjects like Health (under MAPEH), Math, and Languages in grades 1 and 2. Edukasyong Pangtahanan at Pangkabuhayan will be taught starting in grade 4. Technology and Livelihood Education and technical–vocational specializations, consistent with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority training regulations, will start in grade 7.
– I’m still puzzled about this. My concerns about the two subjects were not mentioned. 🙁
The additional two years (grades 11 and 12) or SHS will allow students to choose among academic, technical–vocational, or sports and arts tracks depending on their interest, the community needs, and the results of their skills assessment. The SHS will allow mastery of core competencies for lifelong learning and preparedness for work, higher education, middle-level skills development, or entrepreneurship.
What will happen to the curriculum? What subjects will be added and removed? There will be a continuum from kinder to grade 12 (HS year 6), and to technical and higher education. The current curriculum will be decongested to allow mastery of learning. In grades 11 and 12 (HS years 5 and 6), core subjects like Math, Science, and English will be strengthened. Specializations in students’ areas of interest will also be offered.
source: Official Gazette
There are still a lot of questions in my mind and honestly, I am not satisfied with what my son’s teacher is telling me about K12. I was glad to find the information above in the Internet, somehow, it filled my hunger for knowledge about K12 Education here in the Philippines.