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K to 12 To Keep Filipinos At Par With ASEAN Students
By 2015, a Filipino must be academically competitive to work without restrictions or enroll in the schools of the nine other countries comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as 10 countries comprising the region, including the Philippines, would become one community with a total population of 600 million.
Sen. Edgardo J. Angara, chairman of the Senate Education Committee and vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, stressed this as senators would be witnesses to the launching of a “very drastic change in our curriculum and school cycle by shifting to K to12” which adds two years to basic education – primary and elementary.”
This program, with a cost estimate of P200 billion to be added to the annual budget of the Department of Education (DepEd), starts in 2016 and onwards, Angara said.
An equal P200 billion was estimated to be spent by parents of pupils and students on books and allowances, among others, Sen. Ralph G. Recto, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, said.
The proposed 2013 DepEd budget is P292.05 billion or an increase of P53.6 billion over the 2012 budget of P238.4 billion.
By 2015, Angara said, competition is not just among Filipinos but with the citizens of the nine other member countries of ASEAN.
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