K+12 pioneer students in Leyte to graduate on May

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

PIONEER students of the Department of Education's (DepEd) K to 12 Program in two pilot schools in Leyte will be graduating in May this year.

In a recent assessment made by the DepEd and the Provincial Government of Leyte, about 200 students of Grades 11 and 12 took the K to 12 Program Modeling Implementation for two years.

The students come from Palo National High School and Merida Vocational School and are under the Income Creating Opportunities Thru Technology Projects (ICOT-P) of then Leyte governor now Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla.


Some private firms committed to hire the students under tourism, information and communications technology (ICT), automotive and metals, and engineering.

The DepEd in Eastern Visayas has initiated the modeling, in consortium with the Provincial Government of Leyte, Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (Tesda), Commission on Higher Education (Ched), and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges Eastern Visayas Chapter.

Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla said DepEd can now assess what are needed to improve the implementation of the program in the Philippines.

“With the K to 12 Program, this reinforces our vision to provide alternative learning and skills to our students who would not be able to continue to a college education. As they finish senior high school, they become equipped with skills and competencies that will make them ready to work,” he said.

The shift in the country’s education system started in 2012 with the universal kindergarten program. Filipino children aged five years old are now required to spend two years in kindergarten before entering Grade 1.

It was learned that the Philippines is the only country in Asia and among the three remaining countries in the world with a ten-year basic education cycle. (PNA)

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