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The Department of Education (DepEd) has established a timeline for the revision and upgrading of the curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade 10 in order to adapt to new methods of teaching and learning.
“We are also responding to the challenges of curriculum, education per se. This is a persisting challenge even before I came in and we continue the review of our curriculum, especially in this time with the pressure to rely on technology and the pressure to respond to what everyone describes as the new normal in the light of COVID-19,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.
The new curriculum also highlighted the importance of basic educational foundation such as reading and writing, thus, the Department gave priority to these in early grade levels. “Ang initial agreements talaga namin para sa Kinder hanggang Grade 3, mas paiigtingin natin yung pagbabasa, pagcompute at social emotional skills. Gusto natin mas simple pero marunong na marunong,” Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said.
DepEd K-10 Curriculum Draft
The proposed curriculum guide for K–10 was released by DepEd in the draft. It covers the following subject areas: Kindergarten, Araling Panlipunan (AP), English, Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan / Technology and Livelihood Education (EPP-TLE), Filipino, Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH), Mathematics, Science, and Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC).
Looking more closely, DepEd intends to talk about a variety of “controversial” subjects in various grade levels, especially in Grade 10. For instance, DepEd intends to incorporate lessons on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and the decision of the Hague arbitral tribunal in the AP or Social Studies subject in the proposed curriculum guide for Grade 10.
DepEd also intends to begin teaching sexual and reproductive health to children as early as Grade 4 according to the draft of the new curriculum. Additionally, DepEd is advocating for the early introduction of English to Grade 1 students and the elimination of the separate Mother Tongue curriculum at the elementary level.
Focus of DepEd K-10 Curriculum
“Focusing on Big Ideas provide transferable concepts to other topics, contexts, or inquiries thereby preventing information overload,” DepEd said. One of the new features is the “Redesigned Kindergarten Curriculum” to produce young Filipino children who are “holistically developed literates equipped with 21st century skills.”
The introduction of SiKaP (Sibika, Kultura, Kasaysayan, at Kagalingang Pangkatawan) as a learning area is one significant aspect of the redesigned K–12 curriculum. “The introduction of a new learning area in Key Stage 1 which is SiKaP intends to provide learners with essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes enabling them to develop personal and cultural consciousness in becoming active and creative members of their respective communities,” DepEd said.
As mandated by RA 11476 or the GMRC and Values Education Law, DepEd said that there will be a separate learning area for values formation in the new curriculum as well as a “systematic integration of DepEd core values across all learning areas with explicit placements in relevant topics and contents in all grade levels.”
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As stated by Michael Poa, a spokesperson for DepEd, the K–10 curriculum guide has “been published for comments.” According to DepEd, comments on the draft of the K–10 curriculum guide are welcome until May 3.