Catholic school reps gather to discuss DepEd’s K + 12 program

MANILA, Jan. 16, 2012—The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) National Basic Education Commission gathered representatives of Catholic schools nationwide to discuss the preparation for the implementation this school year of the K+12 program of the Department of Education.

More than 1,000 representatives attended the forum last January 12 at the Marian Auditorium of Miriam College.

Also in attendance were the Secretary of Education, Br. Armin Luistro, FSC, and other DepEd officials.

The summit aimed to update private schools with basic education departments on the K to 12 program, according to organizers, and provide a platform for sharing and discussion among schools on the issues of transition, monetary costs, curriculum, among others.

“There was also a sharing of next steps and strategies towards the transition to K to 12 and identification of issues, concerns, and recommendations that may be addressed by CEAP as a national association and by its regional units,” they added.

Aside from the sharing of educational leaders from CEAP member schools, resource speakers included Usec. Yolanda Quijano, DepEd Undersecretary for Programs and Projects; Mr. Tonisito Umali, Esq. DepEd Assistant Secretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs; and Usec. Francis Varela, Undersecretary for Finance and other experts in the field of education.

Under the K+12 program, the country’s current 10-year basic education, covering six years of elementary and four years of high school, will be extended to 12 year program that include six years of elementary, four years of junior high school (Grade 7-10) and two years of senior high school (Grade 11 to 12). (Jandel Posion)