House approves K to 12 bill on final reading

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The Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2012, or House Bill 6643, was approved on third reading on Monday, Nov 19. It will then be reconciled with the Senate version for amendments and improvements until it becomes a law. ?We are getting closer to our goal of putting in place a basic education system that responds directly to what our learners need and to what the employment and entrepreneurship sectors require, even as it gives enough preparation for students who are geared for higher education,? said DepEd secretary Armin Luistro. K to 12 starts with Univeral Kindergarten which mandates all public elementary schools to offer kindergarten class and accept 5-year old learners beginning 2011. It is followed by six years of Elementary, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School where students will pursue their preferred career track depending on their skills and inclination. K to 12 does not preclude students from pursuing a college degree and gives them better preparation for the rigors of higher learning, the DepEd said. The K to 12 bill in the Senate is being pushed by Sen. Edgardo Angara. A most recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Station revealed that majority of the respondents approved of K to 12 and are confident that it will bring the much-needed reform in the country?s educational system. ]]>

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