February 02, 2023 – The improvement of literacy and numeracy programs and the integration of ‘peace competencies’ will be some of the priorities of the Department of Education (DepEd) in making the K to 12 curriculum relevant to produce job-ready, active and responsible citizens.

Vice President and Secretary of Education Sara Z. Duterte noted that the Department will revitalize its Reading, Science and Technology, and Math programs as part of the MATATAG: Bansang Makabata, Batang Makabansa agenda.

“We will revise the K to 12 Curriculum to make them more responsive to our aspiration as a nation, to develop lifelong learners who are imbued with 21st-century skills, discipline, and patriotism,” Vice President and Secretary Duterte said.

“We will reduce the number of learning areas in K to 3 from 7 to 5 to focus on foundational skills in literacy and numeracy in the early grades, particularly among disadvantaged students,” VP-Sec. Duterte added.

Duterte also highlighted that DepEd will embed the culture of peace in the curriculum, which would be vital in ensuring learners would lead the promotion of peace and order in war-inflicted areas.

“We will integrate “peace competencies” such as social awareness, responsibility, care for the environment, value for diversity, self-esteem, positive character, resilience, and human security into the various learning areas of the K to 12 Curriculum,” VP-Sec. Duterte noted.

The concurrent Education Chief also shared that DepEd is now finalizing the review of the K to 10 curriculum while the Senior High School curriculum is currently under review.

DepEd likewise aims to improve English proficiency while recognizing linguistic diversity through the review of the Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education Policy implementation.

VP-Sec. Duterte also mentioned that the agency will underscore the reducing of the number of learning areas to focus on foundational skills and intensifying the values formation of learners in curriculum and teaching.

The Department will also be transparent with curriculum guides and test scores, and share test items with schools and teachers to strengthen the use of assessment.

In addition, the Department will engage with Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and industry partners to address skills mismatches of Senior High School graduates.