In order to adapt to new approaches in teaching and learning, the Department of Education (DepEd) has set a roadmap for the review and updating of curriculum for Kinder to Grade 10.
“We are also responding to the challenges of curriculum, education per se,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones in a statement issued Tuesday, April 20.
Briones noted that responding to the challenges of curriculum has been a “persisting challenge” even before she came in. “We continue the review of our curriculum, especially in this time with the pressure to rely on technology,” she added.
Reviewing the curriculum, Briones added, will also respond to the pressure to adapt for the so-called “new normal” in the light of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the country.
DepEd is eyeing to finalize the curriculum review by this year and conduct consultation sessions by early 2022.
Meanwhile, DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio explained that that the department has “already laid down a roadmap” for the 2022 version of the K to 10 curriculum.
“Ang initial agreements talaga namin para sa Kinder hanggang Grade 3, mas paiigtingin natin yung pagbabasa, pagcompute at social emotional skills. Gusto natin mas simple pero marunong na marunong (The initial agreements we have for Kinder to Grade 3 is that we will intensify reading, computing and social emotional skills. We want something simpler but very intelligent),” San Antonio said.
“Ang importante marunong siyang magbasa at yung mga importanteng kaalaman at kasanayan. Kasi kahit hindi mo na yan turuan pag naging interesado yan, magbabasa yan at magdi-discover ng mundo on their own (The important thing is that the learner can read and the important knowledge and skills. Because even if you don’t teach the learners, if they become interested, they will read and discover the world on their own),” he added.
Additionally, DepEd said that it will also review the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) which is implemented this school year (SY) 2021-2022 in order to “assess if these are sufficient for learners to acquire knowledge and skills.”
These competencies, San Antonio stressed, were chosen to simplify the process of learning, given the limitation of distance learning.
DepEd noted that as part of the review process, the roadmap also identified the horizontal alignment of the curriculum to ensure learners’ progression from Grade 1 to Grade 10.
“Ang aasahan po natin sa magiging curriculum sa mga susunod pagkatapos ng COVID-19 ay nakatuon pa rin tayo sa lubhang mahalaga. Sisikapin natin na hindi siya kasing congested katulad ngayon kasi ang nakikita rin natin although wala kaming ebidensya (What we can expect from the curriculum in the future after COVID-19 is that we are still focused on what is very important. We will try not to make it as congested as it is now because we’re also seeing that although we have no evidence yet,)” San Antonio added.
Since the current school year started, education stakeholders have been raising concerns on the challenges faced by learners, parents and teachers.
Students have also experienced challenges under the new learning set-up.
Overwhelmed by the challenges under the distance learning set-up, various quarters have started calling for nationwide #AcademicBreak.
However, DepEd maintained that prolonged absence in school can have detrimental effects on learners.
Despite challenges under the current learning set-up – which is practically home-based – some advocates believe that it is still possible to achieve meaningful learning as long as “genuine” #AcademicEase measures are implemented.