DepEd to come up with ‘latest version’ of K to 12 curriculum by the end of 2021

Published June 21, 2021, 9:27 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday, June 21, said that there is an ongoing review of the K to 12 curriculum and it might be able to come up with the latest version of the curriculum by the end of the year.

DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio (Photo from DepEd Tayo/FB)

“We are in the midst of efforts to update the K to 12 curriculum,” said Education Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio in a virtual press conference for the 123rd founding anniversary of DepEd.

San Antonio said that for the school year 2020-2021, DepEd has identified the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) that should be “given attention” while it delivers basic education services at the height of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Right now, we’re in the midst of preparing the curriculum-shaping documents particularly for the first three key stages – Kindergarten to The third grade – that will allow us to refine what has been found to be areas for improvement in our present curriculum review initiative,” San Antonio said.

San Antonio said that the shape of the enhanced version – initially called the “2022 version K to 12 curriculum” – will be ready by the end of this year.

DepEd, he added, would also do some consultation with other groups so that “the voices of everybody who cares about basic education in our Philippine society would be heard.” San Antonio said that DepEd has also engaged experts in the different disciplines and different learning areas.

This, he added, will help ensure that these experts from universities, from government and non-government institutions who have a really keen interest in making sure that everything identified as important to be learned by the learners would be “properly assessed using the judgment of these people who have been acknowledged as experts in their fields.”