Aquino says K to 12 Basic Education Program Improves Learning Experience of Students

Department of Education’s K to 12 Basic Education Program

President Benigno S. Aquino III formally launched the Department of Education’s Kindergarten to Year 12 (K to 12) basic education program in ceremonies held in Malacañang on Tuesday.

In his speech keynoting the event, the President said that this day marks a historical occasion where Filipino students are provided an opportunity to learn and absorb lessons learned in school better.

“Simula sa araw na ito, mabibigyan na natin ang kabataan ng mas magandang pagkakataon upang matuto at makasagap ng kaalaman,” the President said.

“Nagtitipon po tayo upang ilunsad ang isang programang magbabago sa sistema ng edukasyon ng bansa, ang K to 12 Basic Education program,” he added.

The central feature of the K to 12 Program is the upgrading of the basic education curriculum to ensure that learners acquire the relevant knowledge and skills they will need to become productive members of society. It seeks to introduce relevant skills development courses and special interest
subjects that will suit the personality, strengths and career direction of students.

The President said that with its formal launch, the K to 12 education program will give students a solid education background which they can use to improve their lives.

“Upang mailabas ang natatanging husay ng mag-aaral, bibigyan natin ng sapat na panahong matutuhan ng mga kabataan ang mga konsepto at kakayahan, ang mga tamang kilos at kaugalian,” the President said.

“Ang gusto natin, magkaroon ng matibay na pondasyon sa edukasyon ang mga susunod na henerasyon ng mga Pilipino,” he added.

He underscored the importance of this education program which he called an “investment” to our most valuable asset: the Filipino people.

“Naninindigan pa rin tayo sa ipinangako nating pagbabago sa edukasyon; ang gawin itong sentral na estratehiya sa pamumuhunan sa pinakamahalaga nating yaman -- ang mamamayang Pilipino,” the President said.

“Sa K to 12 tiwala tayo na mabibigyan ng lakas si Juan dela Cruz na mapaunlad di lang ang kanyang sarili at pamilya kundi maging ang buong bansa,” he added.

“Sa araw na ito, humahakbang tayo pasulong sa pagkakamit ng pagbabago sa ating sistemang pang-edukasyon,” the President said.

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