PNPA raises age limit due to K to 12 program

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Thursday, March 26, 2015


THE Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) has raised the age limit for incoming applicants for admission to the police institute.

Police Chief Inspector Richie Yatar, PNPA public affairs chief, said the academy will accept only 18 years old and above applicants from its previous required age of 17 due to the effect of the K to 12 program.

The K to 12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd) covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education. The program includes six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship.

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Yatar said, however, the PNPA cadets will still spend four years in the academy, which trains future police, jail and fire officers.

"Hindi lang tayo mananatili sa nakaraan, mananatili tayong sumasabay sa patuloy na nagbabagong panahon kung paano matutugunan ang pangangailangan ng ating lipunan," he said.

He said the PNPA will also implement a much stricter standard examination to "extremely screen" the police applicants.

"Tumaas ang requirements sa examination kasi na-found out namin na may mga bumabagsak doon sa ibang subject dati kasi ang exam dito averaging pag napasa mo ang standard ng examination pag mataas ka sa isang bagay na ito mahihila mo yung isa ngayon dapat lahat ng subject matter mapasa mo," Yatar said.

He said the aim of the stricter examination is to increase the quality of each graduate of the police academy.

PNPA graduates become officials of the three uniformed bureaus of the Department of Interior and Local Government: the PNP, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Bureau of Fire. (Sunnex)

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