September 2012 Results of Licensure Examination for Teachers released in forty-two (42) working days

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board for Professional Teachers (BPT) announces that 25,136 elementary teachers out of 50,997 examinees (49.29%) and 20,834 secondary teachers out of 47,892 examinees (43.50%) successfully passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (L.E.T.) given last September 30, 2012 in 22 testing centers all over the Philippines.

The Board for Professional Teachers is composed of Dr. Faith M. Bachiller, Chairman; Dr. Reynaldo T. Peña and Dr. Jesus L. Nieves, Members.

The results of examination with respect to twenty (20) examinees were withheld pending final determination of their liabilities under the rules and regulations governing licensure examination.

Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will start on December 5, 2012. The requirements for the issuance of Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card (ID) are the following: 1) duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal; 2) latest Community Tax Certificate (Cedula); 3) 1 piece 1” x 1” picture (colored with white background and complete name tag); 4) 2 pieces 2” x 2” picture (colored with white background and complete name tag); 5) metered documentary stamp for the Oath Form; and 6) the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2012-2015. Successful examinees should PERSONALLY register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The dates and venues for the oathtaking ceremonies of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

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National Career Assessment Examination 2012

Source: google.com

The Department of Education (DepEd) is all set to administer the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) to all third year students of public and private schools on August 29, 2012.

NCAE 2012 is an aptitude test geared toward providing information through test results for self-assessment, career awareness and career guidance of high school students for their post-secondary courses and application for scholarship. The NCAE test is mandatory and held annually usually in August.

NCAE 2012 Format and Coverage

NCAE is a paper and pencil test using multiple choices format, on scannable answer sheets which can be checked electronically. NCAE also measures a senior high school student’s potentials or inclination in such areas as general scholastic aptitude (GSA), technical vocational aptitude (TVA), entrepreneurial skills, nonverbal ability and occupational interest. The test components are:

  • Scientific Ability
  • Mathematical Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Ability
  • Manipulative Skills
  • Clerical Ability
  • Non-Verbal Ability
  • Entrepreneurial skills

NCAE Results

NCAE result is a requirement in college but still recommendatory in nature. There is still no passage of law that makes the NCAE mandatory prior to enrollment in college/university. NCAE results will give the students and the parents an idea on the career path most suited to the graduating students thus, allowing for better decision on their choice of courses. Usually results are releases 3-4 months after the exam.

What is NCAE?

The NCAE was developed to improve the quality of secondary education graduates entering college.  It aims to maintain the highest quality of education in the Philippines by leading the flow of students to courses in post-secondary institutions of learning matching their aptitude to promote national development.

Commonly Asked Questions

1.   Why was NCAE created and what are its objectives?

•   minimize indiscriminate wastage of manpower and other resources which otherwise could be directed towards more productive ventures, i.e. supplying manpower needs of vocational, agricultural, technical, and entrepreneurial fields.

•   assess the abilities the students has developed through the years which are essential for successful college or becoming an entrepreneur.

•   serve as basis for the selection of scholars in the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) scholarship program.

2.   Is NCAE a pre-requisite for entry to college?

•   recommendatory in nature for the first two years, i.e. to guide each examinee in choosing which course or career option to take after high school.  This is the second year of its implementation.

•   On its third year of implementation subject to the passing of an appropriate law, the NCAE will be a prerequisite for enrolment in any four- or five-year college and university courses as well as in two-year vocational/technological courses and other short entrepreneurial courses

3.   How often will the NCAE be administered?

•   August every year to all third year high school students in public and private secondary schools.

4.   Who are covered by the NCAE?

•   Third  year high school students in public schools

•    Third  year high school students in private schools with existing permit to operate from DepEd .

•   Out-of-school youths applying for CHED scholarship in coordination with DepEd Regional Offices.

5.   Is NCAE different from NCEE?

•   Both are general scholastic aptitude tests

•   Both intend to measure the potential or inclination of a senior high school

•   NCAE is different for having three additional domains: technical-vocational aptitude and entrepreneurial skills; and interest inventory and nonverbal ability

6.   How will NCAE guide graduating students and their parents in determining the career track they should take?

•   results of the three domains of the test namely: General Scholastic Aptitude, Technical-Vocational Aptitude, and Entrepreneurial Skills intend to provide information to help outgoing high school students make wise career decisions.

•   interest inventory shows the inclinations of the students in a particular occupational field.

•   The test results will validate the previously thought career choice by showing the student’s strengths and weaknesses in the aforementioned domains.

7.   How have the parents responded to the results of the exam?  Are they willing to follow the results of the exam in the planning of their children’s careers?

•   No survey has been conducted as of this time

•   There, however, exists public affirmation of the implementation of the NCAE as it is regarded useful in minimizing job mismatch in the world of work.

8.   Given the results of the exam, will these results change policy directions of DepEd in its focus on the basic education curriculum?

•   Based on the results of the NCAE, majority of our high school graduates have inclinations toward technical-vocational (tech-voc) occupations.  The strengthening of 261 tech-voc high schools being carried out by DepEd undergo improvement in their curriculum, training, physical and policy support.  The results validate DepEd’s decision to put great stress on the tech-voc program, that is, to equip high school students with technical-vocational skills that can empower them to find meaningful employment, whether or not they pursue college education.

•   The tech-voc curriculum is being aligned with the training regulations of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).  This will allow tech-voc high school graduates to acquire TESDA.

•   It is also DepEd’s goal to improve the abilities of students in the general scholastic domain.

9.   How can the results of the exam help solve the problem of job mismatch?

•   DepEd desires to minimize, if not avoid, career mismatch among high school students entering college.  With the results of the NCAE, the students will be directed to occupational fields where they would be potentially productive.

10.   What does DepEd plan for NCAE in the future?

•   passage of appropriate law to make the test result serve as a prerequisite for enrolment in any four- or five-year college and university courses as well as in two-year vocational/technological courses and other short entrepreneurial courses.

Source: deped.gov.ph

Speech of President Aquino at the launch of the K to 12 Basic Education Program, April 24, 2012 (English translation)

Speech
of
His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
At the launch of the K to 12 Basic Education Program

[English translation of the speech delivered at Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace, Manila, April 24, 2012]

Good afternoon. Thank you. Please sit down.

Secretary Armin Luistro; Senator Ed Angara; Congressman Sonny Angara; Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco; Congressman Mel Sarmiento; Congressman Going Mercado; Congressman Mariano Piamonte; Secretary Dinky Soliman; Secretary Sonny Coloma; Secretary Joel Villanueva; Usec. Yolanda Quijano; Commissioner Nenalyn Defensor; former Congresswoman Riza Hontiveros-Baraquel; kindergarten, elementary, and high school students, and their respective teachers; friends from the business sector; friends from the international community and partner agencies; fellow workers in government; honored guests; my beloved countrymen:

Good afternoon to all of you.

Can I apologize for being about thirty minutes late? We were discussing the Philippine Investment Plan to cover the years from 2011 to 2016, and these are the details of exactly where we’ll bring in or put in about five or over five trillion pesos. Since I will have to explain where each and every centavo will go to, I was asking them the pertinent questions and it dragged on and on. Actually, I will have to go back to that meeting right after this very momentous occasion.

And may I apologize to our international friends—as usual, I’ll be delivering the speech in our national language. I apologize that you will have to read the hardcopy afterwards.

To better put ourselves in today’s context, I think it is best that I tell you a story first.

I have an uncle who is the typical male—he likes action movies, war movies, et cetera. So he had a Home Theater System installed in his house—this was when my mother was President. And because on one of his trips to America he discovered that there were these cheap garden speakers, as they were called, he had those installed in his garden too, connected to the Home Theater System.

When my uncle was a boy, there were no Home Theater Systems then—he had to go to an actual theater house, and the shows there had these cliffhangers—that is, you would watch one episode this week, and then you had to go back two weeks later to watch the next episode. [Laughter]

So my uncle did not really know how to use the Home Theater. He relied on his children to turn the system on and set up whatever it was he wanted to watch. One Saturday, he wanted to watch a movie, but it was kind of late already; he started around eleven in the evening. His children weren’t there; they were having their night out. Thankfully, my uncle at least knew how to press “On” and “Play.”

He fed this war movie into the system and started watching it. He must have forgotten that the speakers of the Home Theater were still connected to those in the garden. And, of course, when you watch a movie, it’s always much better when the volume is up really loud.

Remember that this was during my mother’s time, so they were expecting all these coups. So this action scene came on, along with the sounds of gunfight and these loud explosions, all the neighbors started turning on their lights, thinking that an actual coup was happening. [Laughter]

His children came home then, and they were telling him, “Dad, the entire neighborhood thinks there’s something going on in here.” And that was when he figured out, and he immediately turned the system off. I do not know if he ever got to finish the movie, given his shame over the scandal he created that night. [Laughter]

It might be better if I tell you another story:

So this was when I was a kid. Now, if we had to talk to someone in Cebu, you take out your cellphone, you know that person’s number, and in seconds, you’re talking with him. Right? When I was a kid, you had to book long-distance calls. So all you needed to know how to do back then was the number of long-distance operator, to whom you’d give the number of whoever it was you wanted to talk to, and you wait for the call back. If you’re waiting for the call in the morning, you get to talk to that person come afternoon.

I think, I read somewhere, it was said that at the start, I believe, of the 20th century; the amount of knowledge that a person was expected to have could be contained in a Sunday edition of the New York Times. However, today, even with just entertainment, when you buy a Home Theater System; you have to be able to set it up: positioning the speakers, putting in the parameters of the delay, understanding what HDMI means, and so on and so forth—and even getting your remote controls to “talk” to each other. [Laughter] I’m narrating this because I have a cabinet secretary whose old Home Theatre conked out and he decided to buy himself a new one and up to now he has yet to watch a single film because he was still setting it up. [Laughter] That brings me to the topic at hand.

This is probably the point of the stories: at this era we have named “information age,” the average person must be in possession of a wider range of knowledge just to live a satisfactory life. It is true that before, when you dialed the telephone in the morning to make a long-distance call, you’re lucky if you get to talk to the person you’re looking for by the afternoon. And back then, people were so happy to receive a reply to a letter from the other side of the world within a decade—you thanked God for that fortune. Now, we have Skype. Right, it’s Skype? I don’t call a lot of people overseas. To Skype, you have to know what buttons to press on your computer and you have to know how to connect your computer to the telephone so you can internet. Before, research would take you weeks in the library. And you literally had to go through all the material one by one. You’d also have to send up a little prayer to get the right hundred-pager book that contained the information you needed. Isn’t that right? Now, there’s Google Search. We have Google. But these technologies are only useful, provided that you know how to use a keyboard or how to log on to the pertinent websites. Hopefully, you also know how to sift the information; you have to be sure whether the sites you go to are credible.

From this day on, we can provide the youth with better opportunities to acquire information, to learn. We have gathered to launch a program that will change the education system of our country: the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

Can we not compare the 10-year basic education program to force-feeding? You are given ten years to take in, to chew on, and to digest the lessons. There is no time for the children to savor the knowledge they are receiving. You just keep feeding and feeding them. The result: information is not processed as well as it should be, context is not a given and thus not applied, and the implications on the greater majority of Filipinos are not explained. Which is why, sometimes, information enters one ear and exits the other; in a matter of days, what has been learned has been forgotten.

Our government has promised: no one will be left behind on the straight and righteous path. And through our transformation into improved quality education, there is progress for all—whether you are poor or rich. That we can display the skill and excellence of our youth, we will give our students ample time to learn concepts, understand their abilities, and recognize proper actions and conduct.

My father once told me: “Once you have imbibed the knowledge, it is yours for life regardless of what happens to you in the future.” And this is true: what wisdom we have gained, we keep that for as long we live. I have also been told, “You may have been famous then, or you may be famous now; tomorrow, you’re going to be old news. You may be rich now, but come tomorrow, you’d be poor.” But when you learn something, that is yours for life. No one can take that away from you. This knowledge will be with us as we face the world, as we make our decisions and as we take part in our society, and as we share ourselves with God and with our fellowmen.

Think about this: we are the only country in Asia, and among the three remaining countries in the entire world, that run a 10-year basic education cycle. We are unique in Asia and there are only three countries like us in the entire world—the two others are in Africa. How do we expect the Filipino to compete with the rest of the globe, if we are already disadvantaged by the number of years we spent in schools and the breadth and depth of our studying? The odds are stacked against us even before we begin. What we want are robust foundations to the education that future generations of Filipinos will receive.

The choir that sang so well a while ago—so, of course, we couldn’t sing along—is now looking at me askance: “Is that a good thing? That we’ll have to go through an additional two years?” But think about it: If we were to take the same test with our competitors overseas, they already have the advantage of having studied for two years longer. Just like if I were to read this speech, but had only a minute to read it beforehand—as against someone who had been given two minutes to read it. It won’t be a fair fight; I’d perform worse than the other guy.

The rival with this plus-two-years advantage then gets the job, and we will have to find other opportunities. We cannot let this happen.

We stand by our promise of reform in the education system: to turn this into the central strategy of investing in our most important asset—the Filipino people. We trust that with K to 12, Juan de la Cruz will be empowered to seek and attain progress not only for himself and for his family, but for the entire country.

On this day, we take a step forward in realizing systemic reform in education. But in light of this, it is still quite clear that there remains a long journey before us. We are aware that due to the transition phase, there may be delays and there may be sacrifices to be asked of the students and of our schools. There can never be a perfect, universal solution to our problems—but the guarantee we give you is a stronger education system for the long haul, one that is focused on the future of our nation.

Alongside this, we continue to address the problems the education sector faces—from building or renovating classrooms and fixing school utilities, to the training of our teachers and the acquisition of books. And by the way, we’re aiming to eventually have our reading materials tablet-based. To those from my generation, I’m not talking about tabletas. [Laughter] To be clear, I’m talking about PC tablets. Because in case we find errors in these materials, you just tell the servers to correct the information. We would need to recall hundreds of books. And we’re looking for ways for a lock-in in the system to prevent theft. Ultimately, it will be easier for the student, who will likewise become more IT-knowledgeable in the process. We are just waiting, Brother Armin, for the prices to go down, and as it is they’re already close to target.

We can do all these through the 238.8 billion-peso budget we have allocated to the Department of Education this 2012. [Applause] That’s more than a 30-billion-peso increase from the past year, and Brother Armin will probably increase this further for the next year. [Applause]

However, your problem is Joel and Miss Defensor of CHED are present today, and they might ask increase in budget as well. [Laughter] Just please don’t take everything away from me.

We have long ago proven that our programs are not written on air; we strive to produce results from the promises we make. And the returns of every investment of this government go to the nation.

I once again thank the agencies that have helped us as we tread the straight and righteous path, that we may reach this day: to those who compose DepEd, CHED, and TESDA, along with every individual and the groups that have assisted us in attaining this victory.

And to our countrymen: may you continue to place your trust in us and stand in solidarity with this government’s initiatives. In turn, you can rely that this government will continue to institute the reforms necessary to fulfilling the brighter future of the Filipino nation.

This will be all for me. I have to return to that meeting I had abandoned. I, again, thank all of you. Today is the beginning of enduring change.

Thank you very much.

Basahin ayon sa pagkakabigkas

Speech of President Aquino at the launch of the K to 12 Basic Education Program, April 24, 2012

Talumpati

ng
Kagalang-galang Benigno S. Aquino III
Pangulo ng Pilipinas
Sa paglunsad ng K to 12 Basic Education Program

[Inihayag sa Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Palasyo ng Malakanyang, noong ika-24 ng Abril 2012]

Good afternoon. Thank you. Please sit down.

Secretary Armin Luistro; Senator Ed Angara; Congressman Sonny Angara; Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco; Congressman Mel Sarmiento; Congressman Going Mercado; Congressman Mariano Piamonte; Secretary Dinky Soliman; Secretary Sonny Coloma; Secretary Joel Villanueva; Usec. Yolanda Quijano; Commissioner Nenalyn Defensor; former Congresswoman Riza Hontiveros-Baraquel; kindergarten, elementary, and high school students, and their respective teachers; friends from the business sector; friends from the international community and partner agencies; fellow workers in government; honored guests; mga minamahal ko pong kababayan:

Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat.

Can I apologize for being about thirty minutes late. We were discussing the Philippine Investment Plan to cover the years from 2011 to 2016, and these are the details of exactly where we’ll bring in or put in about five or over five trillion pesos. Since I will have to explain where each and every centavo will go to, I was asking them the pertinent questions and it dragged on and on. Actually, I will have to go back to that meeting right after this very momentous occasion.

And may I apologize to our international friends—as usual I’ll be delivering the speech in our national language. I apologize that you will have to read the hardcopy afterwards.

Siguro, maganda ho para mailagay natin ang ating sarili sa paksa nitong araw na ito, magkwento muna ako.

Mayroon po akong isang tiyo na typical na male. Mahilig hong manood ng sineng aksyon, giyera, et cetera. Nagkataon po na nagkaroon siya ng Home Theatre System—ito po’y panahon ng aking ina bilang pangulo—at ikinabit sa bahay. Iyong Home Theatre System po niya ay nakakabit rin doon sa kanilang garden dahil may nakita siya noong magbiyahe sa Amerika na tinatawag na garden speakers na mumurahin.

Ngayon, ang punto po nito konektado sa Home Theatre System niya. At kadalasan, dahil noong siya po ay bata, hindi pa ho uso iyong Home Theatre, tunay na theatre po ‘yung pinupuntahan niya, at saka cliff hanger—iyon bang papanoorin n’yo ‘yung isang episode nitong linggong ito, bumalik kayo after two weeks para sa next episode. [Laughter] So ‘yung Home Theatre po ay hindi niya ganap na alam para paandarin. Anak niya ang inaasahan para i-On at i-setup ‘yung kanyang papanoorin. Nagkataon po Sabado [siya] manonood at medyo gabi na po yata; nag-umpisa siya ng mga alas-11 ng gabi. Wala po ‘yung mga anak niya, gumigimik noong panahon na iyon. So buti na lang, alam naman po niya ‘yung “On” at saka ‘yung “Play.” E di naisaksak na po iyong sine ng giyera. Sa hindi inaasahang pagkakataon, hindi po niya alam na nakakonekta pala ‘yung mga speaker doon po sa garden. At siyempre, para maganda ‘yung sine, malakas. So nang nag-umpisa na hong nagsabugan, nagbarilan—panahon noon ng nanay ko, di may mga coup silang inaasahan—nagbukasan po lahat ng mga ilaw ng kanilang mga kapitbahay dahil akala may kudeta na namang nangyayari. [Laughter] Tsambang dumating ‘yung kanyang anak at sinabi, “Dad, ‘yung buong kapitbahay akala nagkakagulo na dito!” Tapos, doon lang niya nalaman. Pinatay na niya. Hindi ko malaman ngayon kung natapos niya ‘yung sine sa kahihiyan sa iskandalong ginawa niyang iyon. [Laughter]

Siguro maganda, dagdagan ko pa ho ng kuwento:

Ako naman po, ang inabutan ko ng bata—ngayon po, kung may kailangan tayong kausapin na nasa Cebu, bunutin mo ‘yung cellphone mo, alam mo iyong number niya—segundo, kausap mo na. Tama ho ba? Noong bata ho ako, ibo-book n’yo iyong long distance. So, ang kailangan mo lang alam noon, ida-dial mo ‘yung number ng long distance operator, bibigay mo ‘yung number ng sinong gusto mong kausap, tapos tatawagan ka—place mo sa umaga—sa hapon, bibigay sa iyo ang kausap mo.

I think, I read somewhere, it was said that at the start, I believe, of the 20th century; the amount of knowledge that a person was expected to have could be contained in a Sunday edition of the New York Times. However, today, even with just entertainment, when you buy a Home Theatre System; you have to be able to set it up: positioning the speakers, putting in the parameters of the delay, understanding what HDMI means, and so on and so forth—and even getting your remote controls to “talk” to each other. [Laughter] I’m narrating this because I have a cabinet secretary whose old Home Theatre conked out and he decided to buy himself a new one and up to now he has yet to watch a single film ‘cause he’s still setting it up. [Laughter] That brings me to the topic at hand.

Ito po siguro ang punto ng atin pong kuwento: sa panahon po ngayong tinatawag na “knowledge” o “information age,” mas malawak na ang kaalaman na inaasahan sa karaniwang tao upang makapamuhay. Totoo pong dati, pag-dial mo nga ng telepono sa umaga para tumawag ng long distance, buwenas na kung makakausap mo ang gusto mong kausapin sa hapon. At noong panahon na iyon, masaya na po sila dahil noong araw po eh susulat ka, at ‘pag dumating ang sulat mo sa loob ng isang dekada sa kabilang dulo ng mundo, ikaw ay nagpapasalamat sa Diyos na nangyari iyon. Ngayon, mayroon na pong Skype. Tama ba, Skype? Kakaunti ho iyong tinatawagan ko sa abroad eh. Pero para makapag-Skype ka, kailangan alam mo kung ano ang pipindutin sa computer at paano mo ikokonekta ang telepono at iyong computer at makapasok sa internet. Dati nga po, linggo ang aabutin sa library para makakalap ng kaalaman. ‘Pag nagre-research kayo—literal—talagang iisa-isahin mo. At may kaunting dasal na natsambahan mo iyong libro na dadaanan mo kung ilang daang pahina na nandoon ang impormasyon na kailangan mo. Tama po ba? Ngayon po, Google search. May Google na. Pero may silbi lang po ito kung marunong ka ring gumamit ng keyboard at mag-log-on sa mga tamang website. At sana may kaalaman ka rin tangan para hindi ka binobola ng mga kalokohan na website.

Simula po sa araw na ito, mabibigyan na natin ang kabataan ng mas magandang pagkakataon upang matuto at makasagap ng kaalaman. Nagtitipon po tayo upang ilunsad ang isang programang magbabago sa sistemang pang-edukasyon ng bansa: ang K to 12 Basic Education Program.

‘Di po ba’t maikukumpara ang ten-year basic education program sa force-feeding? Bibigyan ka ng sampung taon upang isubo, nguyain, at ipasok sa iyong sistema ang mga leksyon. Wala pong pagkakataon ang kabataang namnamin ang kaalaman. Subo lang nang subo; subo lang nang subo. Ang resulta: hindi napoproseso nang mabuti ang impormasyon, hindi nabibigyan ng sapat na konteksto, hindi naipapaliwanag ang implikasyon sa kalakhang buhay ng Pilipino. Kaya nga minsan po, pasok sa isang tenga, labas sa kabila; ilang araw lang, nalimot na ang mga natutuhan.

Ang ipinangako po ng ating gobyerno: sa tuwid na daan, walang maiiwan. At sa pamamagitan po ng ating transpormasyon sa isang de-kalidad na edukasyon, inaabot natin ang kaunlarang para sa lahat—mahirap ka man o mayaman. Upang mailabas ang natatanging husay ng mag-aaral, bibigyan natin ng sapat na panahong matutuhan ng kabataan ang mga konsepto’t kakayahan, ang mga tamang kilos at kaugalian.

Minsan nga pong sinabi sa akin ng aking ama: “Once you have imbibed the knowledge, it is yours for life regardless of what happens to you in the future.” At totoo po: anumang karunungan ang ating matututuhan, kipkip na natin ito habambuhay. Sabi nga sa akin noong araw, “Sikat ka noong araw o sikat ka ngayon; bukas, laos ka na. Baka ngayo’y mayaman ka, bukas mahirap ka na.” Pero ‘pag natuto ka na, sa’yo na ‘yan habang buhay. Wala nang maaaring magnakaw nito sa atin. Ito po ang ating magiging kasangkapan sa pagharap sa mundo at pagdedesisyon at pakikilahok sa kalakhang lipunan, sa pagbabahagi ng ating sarili sa Diyos at sa kapwa tao.

Mantakin po ninyo: tayo na lamang—unique sa buong Asya— ang isa sa tatatlong bansa na lamang sa buong mundo ang may ten-year basic education cycle. Sa Asya sikat po tayo; tayong mag-isa. Sa buong mundo tatlo tayo. Iyong dalawa nasa Africa. Paano nga naman ba makikipagsabayan ang Pilipino, kung lugi na agad tayo sa bilang ng taon ng pag-aaral at sa lalim ng pagsasanay? Sa simula pa lang ay dehado na tayo. Ang gusto po natin, magkaroon ng matibay na pundasyon sa edukasyon ang mga susunod na henerasyon ng Pilipino.

Medyo ‘yung tingin ho sa akin ng ating choir na napakagaling kaninang kumanta—tuloy hindi kami napakanta—parang, “Maganda ba ‘yan, dagdag kaming dalawang taon?” Simple lang naman ho iyan: Kung parepareho kayong test na kukunin sa ating mga kalaban, sila may plus two years na talagang pinag-aralan. Kumbaga, katulad nitong speech na ‘to, babasahin ko ho, sinabi sa ‘kin ng teacher ko, “ You have one minute to read it.” O ‘di siyempre ganyan. Iyong kalaban ko ho na ite-test doon binigyan ng two minutes. Siguro naman iyong retention at comprehension mas mahusay si two minutes kaysa si one minute. O di ‘pag ganoong hindi parehas ang laban, talo ako kaagad. Siya may trabaho. Ako’y maghahanap ng ibang papasukan, at hindi tayo makapayag doon.

Naninindigan pa rin po tayo sa ipinangako nating pagbabago sa edukasyon: ang gawin itong sentral na estratehiya sa pamumuhunan sa pinakamahalaga nating yaman—ang mamamayang Pilipino. Sa K to 12, tiwala tayong mabibigyang-lakas si Juan dela Cruz upang mapaunlad—hindi lamang ang kanyang sarili at pamilya—kundi maging ang buong bansa.

Sa araw pong ito, humahakbang tayo pasulong sa pagkakamit ng pagbabago sa ating sistemang pang-edukasyon. Sa kabila nito, malinaw na malayo pa ang ating lalakbayin. Mulat po tayo na dahil sa transition phase, maaaring magkaroon ng mga antala, o sakripisyong kailangang pagdaanan ang mga mag-aaral at paaralan. Wala man pong perpektong solusyon sa lahat ng bagay, ang garantiya pong ibinibigay natin ay isang mas matibay na sistemang pang-edukasyon na pangmatagalan, at nakatuon sa kinabukasan ng ating mamamayan.

Kasabay po nito, patuloy pa nating pinupunan ang ilang mga kakulangan sa sektor ng edukasyon—mula sa pagpapatayo o pagkukumpuni ng mga silid-aralan at mga kagamitan sa eskwela, hanggang sa mga pagsasanay sa mga guro at pagbili ng mga libro. ‘Yung libro nga ho pala dito, hinahabol po natin na ‘yung ating reading materials ay magiging tablet based. Doon po sa henerasyon ko, hindi po tabletas ‘to [laughter], PC tablet ang pinag-uusapan para klaro lang ho. Dahil alam ho n’yo, ‘pag ho saka-sakaling may nahanap na error diyan; uutusan lang po n’ong kanyang server papalitan ‘yung impormasyon diyan. Hindi na po natin ire-recall ‘yung mga librong sangkaterba. At ginagawan na rin ho ng paraan na naka-lock in sa system para wala hong magnanakaw dito. Dulo po, mas madali na ho sa estudyante na kailangan rin naman talagang IT knowledgeable kung gagamitin natin ito. Hinihintay na lang natin, Bro. Armin, ‘yung pagbaba nang kaunti ng presyo at malapit na po sa target natin. Isasakatuparan natin ito sa pamamagitan ng inilaan nating 238.8 bilyong pisong budget para sa Department of Education ngayong 2012. [Applause] Tumaas po nang tatlumpong  bilyong piso ang naturan badyet dahil mataas na rin po last year at next year ho siguro patataasin pa ni Brother Armin. [Applause]

Problema lang ho nandito si Joel at saka si Ms. Defensor ng CHED. Baka sila rin ho humirit ng pagtaas. [Laughter] Huwag naman po ninyong kunin lahat sa akin.

Siguro po matagal na nating napatunayan: hindi po lista sa hangin ang mga programa natin; ang binitawan nating salita, pagsusumikapan natin upang maghatid ng resulta. Kapag may ipinuhan ang pamahalaan, may balik itong magandang bunga para sa sambayanan.

Muli po akong nagpapasalamat sa bawat ahensiyang nakipagtulungan sa atin sa tuwid na daan upang marating ang araw na ito. Sa bumubuo ng DepEd, CHED, at TESDA, kasama na ang bawat indibidwal at grupong nakipagbayanihan upang mapagtagumpayan ito.

Sa atin naman pong mga kababayan: patuloy nawa kayong magtiwala at makiisa sa mga inisyatiba ng ating pong pamahalaan. Asahan naman po ninyo: patuloy ang gobyerno sa paglalatag ng pagbabago para sa isang mas maliwanag na kinabukasan sa sambayanang Pilipino.

Ako po’y hanggang dito na lang. Babalikan ko po ang iniwanan kong meeting. Magpapasalamat po ako sa inyong lahat at umpisa na ang pagbabago nating talagang pangmatagalan.

Magandang hapon po.

Read this in English

Opening message of the Secretary of Education at the launch of the K to 12 Basic Education Program, April 24, 2012

Pambungad na pananalita ni Kalihim ng Edukasyon Armin Luistro:
Sa paglunsad ng K to 12 Basic Education Program

[Inihayag sa Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Palasyo ng Malakanyang, noong ika-24 ng Abril 2012]

Sa ating mahal na Pangulo, Benigno S. Aquino III, sa ating mga iginagalang na Mambabatas sa Senado at Kongreso, sa mga piling panauhin at kaakibat sa repormang pang-edukasyon, at lalo’t higit sa aking mga boss sa Kagawaran—ang aming mga guro at mag-aaral:

Isang mataimtim na pagbati sa araw na ito.

Noong ika-5 ng Oktubre 2010, Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Guro, hindi pa man nakakaisang-daang araw ang ating Administrasyong Aquino, inilahad na natin ang planong repormang pang-edukasyon—ang enhanced K to 12 program. Dito natin inihayag ang ating pangarap na tuluyan na nga nating mabago ang sistema ng edukasyon sa Pilipinas. Ngayon, matapos ang mahigit isa’t kalahating taon ng masusing pag-aaral at konsultasyon, ikinararangal kong ibahagi sa inyo, mahal na Pangulo, at sa ating mga kababayan ang bunga ng panatang ito.

Layunin ng K to 12 program ang curricular reform at innovation. Ang alinmang pagbabago sa curriculum ay dapat nakatuon sa dalawang mahahalagang bahagi: ang nilalaman ng curriculum at ang paghahanda ng mga guro.

Sinimulan natin ang paghahanda ng bagong curriculum kasama ang ating Multi-Stakeholder Task Force upang magabayan ang pagsasaliksik at pagpapatupad ng programa. Kabilang sa Task Force na ito ang mga pinuno at kinatawan hindi lamang ng DepED, CHED, at TESDA kundi pati na rin ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan, ang ating mga katuwang na Mambabatas, mga dalubhasa sa edukasyon—mapapribado o publiko man, mga kasamang NGOs at business groups at siyempre ang mga guro, magulang, at mag-aaral.

Pinag-aralan din ng Task Force hindi lamang ang mga karanasan sa Pilipinas kundi pati na rin ang mga mahuhusay na gawain at pananaw galing sa mga ibang bansa lalo na sa mga kalapit natin sa Southeast Asia. Maipagmamalaki natin ngayon na ang ating curriculum ay gawang Pilipino, para sa mga Pilipino, at handang tapatan ang kahit alin sa mundo!

Ang bagong curriculum na ito ay nagsisimula sa programang Kindergarten para sa lahat ng batang limang taong gulang. Nais ko muling magpasalamat sa ating Pangulo at sa ating mga kaakbay sa Senado at Kongreso sa pagpasa ng Republic Act No. 10157, ang Kindergarten Education Act. Sa inyong tulong at suporta, ang pangarap nating Universal Kindergarten ay isa nang katuparan para sa lahat ng mga batang Pilipino at hindi lamang sa mga kayang makapagbayad.

Ang bagong curriculum na ito ang magbibigay sa bawat batang Pilipino ng kinakailangang kakayanan na angkop para sa ating siglong o ang tinatawag nilang 21st century skills. Dito, ang bawat magtatapos sa high school ay magkakaroon ng tunay na husay sa mga pangunahing pamantayan at makakatahak ng mas malinaw na daan tungo sa trabaho, pagnenegosyo, o mas mataas na antas ng pag-aaral sa kolehiyo.

Sa pagbubukas ng SY 2012-2013, ipapatupad na ang bagong curriculum para sa mga mag-aaral sa Grade 1 at Grade 7 (na siya nating itatawag sa bagong 1st Year Junior High School). Ikinagagalak nating banggitin na dahil sa sikap at pagtutulungan ng maraming tao, ang curriculum na ito ay natapos noong Pebrero at sinimulan na itong ipamahagi sa mga pampubliko at pribadong eskwelahan noong buwan ng Marso. Ang mga inimprentang teaching guides at learning modules para sa Grade 1 at 7 ay maipapadala na rin sa mga public schools bago magsimula ang klase sa Hunyo. Kasama rin dito ang activity sheets para sa lahat ng mga papasok sa kinder.

Maipagmamalaki man natin ang ating bagong curriculum, tanggap naman naming hindi ito perpekto at marami pa tayong pwedeng mas pagandahin at ayusin. Babantayan namin sa unang taon ng pagpapatupad at lalong paiigtingin at itataas ang antas. Sa patuloy na pagsubaybay sa bagong basic education curriculum makakasiguro tayong mas mapapatibay natin ito sa pagdaan ng panahon.

Bukod sa bagong curriculum at mga gamit sa pagtuturo, mahalaga rin na makapaghanda ang mga guro upang maging maayos at matagumpay ang pagpapatupad nito. Para dito, ang aming summer training program para sa mga guro ng Grade 1 at 7 ay nagsimula noong isang linggo at magtatapos sa Mayo. Matutulungan ng programang ito ang higit pa sa 140,000 mga guro sa ating mga pampublikong paaralan. Kami rin ay nakipagtulungan sa iba’t ibang private school associations upang matulungan pati na rin ang kanilang mga guro sa training program na ito.

Para sa ating mga kababayan na matagal nang nagmamatyag sa repormang pang-edukasyon, alam natin na ang mga pagbabagong ito ay isa lamang pagpapatuloy at pagpapabuti sa sinimulan na ng BESRA o Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda noong 2006. Nakapaloob dito ang ating hangarin at pangakong Education for All bago magtapos ang taong 2015. Lalo pa nating pinapatatag ang School-Based Management, isinasaayos din ang Teacher Education and Development, inilalatag ang mga angkop na National Learning Strategies, habang isinasaayos natin ang akmang bilang ng mga empleyado at mga tagapamuno ng Kagawaran.

Mahal na Pangulo, sa pagbubukas ng klase ngayong Hunyo, lahat sa mga ten-point basic agenda ay:

1. mauumpisahan na natin ang 
pundasyon para sa pagpapalawig ng ating sistema ng edukasyon na aabot sa 12 taon ng basic education bagaman kailangan pa nating maisabatas ang dalawang dagdag na taon para sa Senior High School para makapagbukas tayo ng programang ito sa buong bansa sa taong 2016, masigurado nating masusuportahan ito ng sapat na budget, at maipagpapatuloy ng susunod na mga administrasyon;

ipinangako ninyong education reform maisasakatuparan na:

2. higit pa sa 92 porsyento ng mga limang taong gulang na bata ay pumapasok na sa Kinder;

3. handa na tayo para isulong ang Madaris education sa mga bahagi ng bansa na mayroon mga mag-aaral na Muslim habang iniumpisahan na rin natin ang pagsusulong sa Indigenous Peoples framework of education;

4. kasama si Sec. Joel Villanueva at ang TESDA sa pagpapatibay ng tech- voc education lalo na mula Grade 7 hanggang Grade 12;

5. masisiguro na natin na bawat bata ay marunong nang bumasa bago tumuntong ng Grade 2;

6. mapapagbuti na natin ang kaalaman ng mga mag-aaral sa Agham at Matematika sa pagsusulong ng spiral approach sa ating bagong curriculum;

7. aabot na sa isang milyon ang mga GASTPE grantees at bahagya na nating maiitaas ang subsidy sa mga pribadong paaralan sa halagang 6,500 piso bawat estudyante bawat taon;

8. mayroon na tayong sapat na materyales para maumpisan ang Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education o MTB-MLE para sa 12 pangunahing wika at sisikapin nating dagdagan pa ang mga pangunahing wika simula sa mga katutubong wikang nanganganib nang mawala;

9. sapat na ang bilang hindi lamang ng mga textbook kundi pati na rin ng mga upuan para sa lahat nating mga mag- aaral sa pagbubukas ng klase (ibig sabihin nito’y zero backlog na tayo sa textbooks and school furniture); at, 10.mayroon na tayong 24 na mga LGUs na lumagda ng pakikipagtulungan sa pagtatayo ng mga silid-aralan na umaabot na sa P1.3 B para sa kabuuang 3,473 classrooms (o mga 1,700 bagong classroom mula sa budget ng mga LGUs).

Mahal na Pangulo, sinasalubong natin ang panahong ito nang may matibay na pag-asa na kung ating pagtutulungan, kaya ng Pinoy na makipagtagisan ng talino kahit kanino sa mundo. Hinaharap natin ang mistulang pinakamalawak na repormang pangedukasyon sa ating siglo. Ang mga pagsubok ay matindi at ang mga dapat gawin ay napakarami pa. Hindi tayo maaaring panghinaan ng loob. Sa tuwid na landas, walang dapat maiwan. Ito po ang ating pananalig: kaya nating tugunan hindi lamang ang mga kakulangan; bagkus, kaya nating sama-samang buhayin ang pag-asa ng kinabukasan para sa bawat Pilipino.

Maraming salamat po.

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