Rappler- More subjects, less time in school for 1st graders

More subjects, less time in school for 1st graders
BY REYNALDO SANTOS, JR.

MANILA, Philippines – Incoming grade 1 public school students will have more subjects but fewer school hours when classes begin in June 2012. They will be the first to test the new curriculum that the Department of Education (DepEd) has developed for its K to 12 program. The program will run on a K-6-4-2 education model, wherein a student has to study in grade school for 6 years, in junior high school for 4 years (grades 7 to 10), and in senior high school for two years (grades 11 to 12). The incoming grade 1 students of school year 2012-2011 are the so-called “guinea pigs” of the program. DepEd started implementing its revised curriculum last school year, when these students were in kindergarten. Starting with this batch, no public school student in the Philippines will be admitted to Grade 1 without taking up kindergarten.

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More subjects, less time in school for 1st graders