Manila, Philippines --- The curriculum for the Senior High School (SHS), the highlight of the K to 12 Basic Education Program being implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd), will soon be finished, Education Secretary Armin Luistro assured Friday. The K to 12 will be fully rolled out in 2015.
"They [members of the Senior High School Committee] are down to the last two meetings to finalize minor details regarding the senior high school curriculum so I think it will be finished soon," Luistro said in an interview.
The committee conducted a closed-door meeting Friday to "further discuss other details," along with other lead education agencies, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).
Luistro said this school year is considered as "transition year" for all private schools to re-calibrate their curriculum to make it K to 12 compliant.
"We are doing the same thing with the SHS model schools that are implementing Grades 11 and 12," he said.
Model public schools, as well in private schools that have implemented the K to 12, are forging "bilateral arrangements" with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
He cited the recent public-private partnership between the San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Cavite (SSC-R) with the Sangley Point National High School (SPNHS) under DepEd for an academic linkage program. The SPNHS, one of model schools for SHS, expects its initial batch of K to 12 graduates this SY 2013-2014.
The agreement between SSC-R and SPNHS stipulates the development and operation of singular nomenclatures for common subjects of SSC-R and SPNHS Grades 11 and 12 students; credit as taken, General Education subjects of SPNHS K to 12 graduates; credit as taken, special/technical subjects of SPNHS K to 12 graduates, subject to certain conditions prescribed by CHEd; use of facilities for both SSC-R and SPNHS; student development opportunities; and faculty and administrative staff development exchanges and opportunities.
Luistro said that arrangements such as these can be made by model schools and private schools with respective HEIs during the transition period.
"Pero pag nalagdaan na ng pinal ang General Education curriculum at yung revised curriculum ng kolehiyo, hindi na kailangan ng mga bilateral na iyon kasi gagawin na ito para sa lahat," he said.
Earlier, the CHED has announced that the completion of the revised GEC is expected to cut into half the years students spend when taking up GE subjects.
GE courses in colleges and universities take up almost two years but once the revised GEC is implemented come 2018-or early as 2016, upon the final approval of CHEd-students can take these courses in just one year.
Meanwhile, TESDA completed the development of a new set of curriculum for teaching the Technical Education and Vocational (TVET) courses to students under the K to 12 program.
A total of 23 SHS courses for tech-voc would be offered to incoming SHS students including Automotive Servicing; Mechanical Drafting; Computer Hardware Servicing; Horticulture; Shielded Metal Arc Welding; Consumer Electronics Servicing; Aqua Culture; Dressmaking /Tailoring; Masonry; Care giving; Household Services; Plumbing; Agri Crop Production; Fish Capture; Handicraft; Carpentry; RAC Servicing (DomRac); Electrical Installation and Maintenance; Bread and Pastry Production; Tile Setting; Animal Production; Food (Fish) Processing; and Beauty Care (Nail Care Services).
Luistro said that DepEd, along with other agencies handling education services, is working on the draft of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the K to 12 Law. "I think magtu-tuloy na lahat ng developments na ito," he said.
Aside from preparing for the full implementation of the K to 12, DepEd is also working on the Philippine Qualifications Framework which is a unified, seamless, and borderless education and training system that can prepare an individual for productive employment.