PASIG CITY, May 6, 2022 – The Department of Education (DepEd) held its first round of workshops on the enhancement and finalization of the Key Stage 1 K to 12 Curriculum Guides, which ran from February 28 to April 1, in line with its commitment to update the basic education curriculum.

Spearheaded by the Bureau of Curriculum Development (BCD), the said workshops were a first of a series of workshops on the enhancement, validation, and finalization of curriculum guides for all key stages.

“The 2022 Basic Education Curriculum is envisioned to be responsive and attuned to the dynamic changes in the society. It is seen to ultimately improve student learning outcomes anchored on the Department’s mission to provide quality, relevant, and liberating basic education for all,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.

Eyed to be completed in July 2022, the ongoing curriculum enhancement is a direct offshoot of the curriculum review concluded in 2019, which involved a series of workshops, discussions, and consultations in partnership with the Assessment Curriculum and Technology Research Centre (ACTRC).

“In our move to modernize the education system in the country, we are conducting these workshops to address the gaps and issues in the curriculum guides, improve learning competencies and curriculum standards, including the key stage, grade level, content, and performance standards, and ensure spiral progression and developmental appropriateness,” Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said.

Released in 2021, the curriculum review report provided ways forward to address congestion, redundancies, and overlaps in the curriculum.

“In 2021, the BCD developed the Shaping Papers, which set the direction of the K to 12 Program in 2022. More specifically, these documents guide the curriculum revision process through a discussion of the theoretical bases, revised curriculum framework, Big Ideas, revised curriculum standards, spiral progression through vertical and horizontal articulation, 21st-century skills, and social issues,” BCD Director Joycelyn DR Andaya noted.

The workshop was attended by BCD and Bureau of Learning Delivery (BLD) specialists, select regional supervisors, division supervisors, school heads, master teachers, and teachers, who served as curriculum writers for nine learning areas: Kindergarten, Mother Tongue, Filipino, English, Araling Panlipunan, Math, Science, MAPEH (Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health), and Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan/Technology and Livelihood Education.

Previously, the Department unveiled the new features of the 2022 Basic Education Curriculum in an episode on “Addressing the Challenge of Education Quality: Educ Forum Series.”

Among the new features are the focus on “Big Ideas” to decongest the curriculum, redefinition of the interplay among languages in the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB MLE), emphasis on Engineering Design Process, intensification of values formation, and rationalization of Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) Specializations.

The BCD is currently conducting workshops for Key Stage 2, where the curriculum guides for Grades 4-6 are being enhanced.