April 20, 2021 – Adapting 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. This is a persisting challenge even before I came in and we continue the review of our curriculum, especially in this time with the pressure to rely on technology and the pressure to respond to what everyone describes as the new normal in the light of COVID-19,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.
Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio mentioned 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,” he 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,” added Usec. San Antonio.
In addition, DepEd will also review the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) implemented this school year and assess if these are sufficient for learners to acquire knowledge and skills.
San Antonio stressed that these competencies were chosen to simplify the process of learning, given the limitation of distance learning.
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,” San Antonio noted.
The Department is eyeing to finalize the curriculum review by this year and conduct consultation sessions by early 2022.