The K to 12 Basic Education Program in the Philippines has been officially started. The Department of Education through the Division level conducted the 1st Batch of Training Program for public school Grade I teachers at Talavera Central School, Talavera, Nueva Ecija from May 14-18, 2012. Some 526 teacher-participants from districts of Aliaga, Guimba West, Guimba East, Jaen, Gen. Tinio, Peñaranda, San Antonio, San Leonardo, San Isidro, Cabiao, Talavera, Nampicuan and Sta. Rosa went through the rigorous 5-day training of K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum.
May 14, formally commenced the 5-day training program with a plenary and opening ceremony attended by the teacher-participants and trainers and graced by the District and Division Administrators/Officials. After the presentation of trainers, five Video Processors were presented by Dr. Velma G. Parungao (EPS-1, English), Dr. Eva Fe S. Taclibon (EPS-1, Social Studies), Dr. Eleonor M. Gagarin (EPS-1, Filipino), Dr. Rowena M. Castillo (EPS-1, Mathematics) and Dr. Teresita F. Torres (EPS-1, SPED/Multigrade). The video processors showed the overview of the new K to 12 curriculums and challenged the schools and teachers to implement the guidelines in creative and innovative ways to attain its goal.
One of these videos is the speech of our DepEd Secretary, Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC. In his speech, Secretary Armin emphasized the importance of the K to 12 Program as one of the answers to our country’s comeback to the global stage, progress and development of the Filipinos. Also on these videos, cited the important elements of the K to 12 program, the design of the curriculum, desired outcomes of pupils, learning areas, medium of instruction in teaching, time allotment, sample class program, learning resources, assessment/rating of outcomes and culminating activities and most importantly the vital role of teachers, schools and other stakeholders in implementing this new curriculum.
To attain the aims of this training, the teacher-participants were divided into 11 groups, and each group had its own assigned room wherein all the trainings and activities took place. Learning competencies and lesson guides for each subject area were comprehensively discussed by the trainers, namely, Dr. Teresita G. Torres (Mother Tongue), Dr. Eleonor M. Gagarin (Filipino), Dr. Velma G. Parungao (English), Dr. Rowena M. Castillo (Math), Dr. Eva Fe F. Taclibon (Araling Panlipunan), Dr. Marife D. Irang (Music), Dr. Gloria G. Vicencio (P.E), Mrs. Lucita Mendoza (EsP), Mrs. Noemi C. Sagcal (Art), Mrs. Nerissa Manabat (Health) and Mrs. Sherly Jimenez (EsP).
The teacher-participants were engaged in different activities which are involve in the new curriculum, patiently listened to lectures and presentations, participated in varied individual and group tasks and spent more time in doing their assignments/outputs. The training served as an effective tool for all the teachers to go along way with the changes, and indeed it let them learned that the success of this K to 12 Program depends on their hands as long as they open their minds and take it on a positive way.
Demo Teachings were effectively done on the fourth day of training. Ten teachers from different groups/districts did the return-demonstration teaching in each subject utilizing the new curriculum. Prior to the program, Dr. Leilanie S. Nacunan, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent and Dr. Mary Ann C. Ligsay, ALS Regional Supervisor tendered their inspiring messages to all teachers.
In general, the training was really a success. Teacher-participants were all enlightened regarding the new curriculum through the effort of all the brilliant and hardworking trainers and DepEd administrators and officials. Goals and objectives of the seminar were all attained. And the training formally closed on Friday through a Closing Program.