DepEd not 'dropping' science for grades 1, 2

Science is not being dropped as subject for elementary grades 1 and 2 since it's not taught as a separate subject to begin with, the Department of Education said.

"It's integrated in learning areas in grades 1-2," DepEd posted in its official Twitter account late Monday.

"It hasn't been taught as a separate subject in grades 1-2 since 1983," it said further.

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This comes amid renewed furor across social networks over the alleged removal of science subjects for the first two years of grade school.

"It's not the first time we're responding to this question. We've issued a clarification over a year ago," DepEd said.

The issue has first been raised as the apparent absence of science as a separate subject was highlighted in guidelines for rollout of the K to 12 curriculum.

K to 12 adds two more years to the country’s basic education curriculum and also integrates other reforms such as mother tongue-based instruction.

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Education Secretary Armin Luistro had clarified, however, that science concepts will still be introduced to pupils in grade 1 and 2.

"We will be integrating topics in other subjects to make the new curriculum more child-friendly," Luistro has been quoted as saying.

In separate tweets Monday, DepEd also noted that the absence of science in early elementary grade levels is not uniqe to the Philippines.

"Among Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, only Brunei teaches science separately in grade 1," DepEd said.

"The rest do so beginning grade 3 or 4," it added, citing research comparing the Philippines' curricula to that of its neighbors.

DepEd further noted that the Philippines allocates more time to science education out of the four countries compared.

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