MORE than 30 schools will pilot-test the revised Matatag basic education curriculum for K to 10 beginning September 25, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).
These are the Calafug Elementary School in Apayao, Rizal Elementary School and Dona Aurora National High School in Baguio City, and Lam-ayan Integrated School and Bineng National High School in Benguet for the Cordillera Administrative Region.
The Dampalit Integrated School, Santiago Syjuco Memorial School, Muzon Elementary School, Tinajeros National High School, and Santiago Syjuco Memorial Integrated Secondary School, all located in Malabon City, are the pilot schools for the National Capital Region (Metro Manila).
The Cabaruan Integrated School, Caba Central Elementary School, Acao Elementary School, Casacristo National High School, and Don Rufino Olarte Memorial National High School in La Union are the pilot schools for the Ilocos Region.
The Cauayan North Central School in Cauayan City, Dingaging Integrated School, Villa Teresita Primary School, Lanna National High School, and General Emilio Aguinaldo National High School in Isabela are the pilot schools for Cagayan Valley.
The Tindog Integrated School, San Fernando North Central Elementary School, Tabogon Central Elementary School, Dumanjug National High School, and Liloan National High School in Cebu are the pilot schools for the Visayas.
The Mlang Pilot Elementary School in North Cotabato and Lamlifew Integrated School, Alegria Central Elementary School, Malalag National High School-Upo Annex, and Alegria National High School in Sarangani are the pilot schools for Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos) Region.
The Baobaoan Integrated School in Butuan City, Suyangan Elementary School in Surigao del Norte, Santiago Central Elementary School in Agusan del Norte, Socorro National High School in Surigao del Norte, and Pedro D. Duncano National High School in Butuan City are the pilot schools for Caraga.
DepEd deputy spokesman Francis Cesar Bringas said the pilot test will involve the curriculum for kindergarten and Grades 1, 4, and 7 as part of “research” to look into the challenges and gaps that may be associated with the initial implementation.
“So that when we fully implement this in 2024 for the said grade levels, it would be a smooth implementation as we enforced this in phases,” Bringas said in Filipino during the Bagong Pilipinas briefing on Tuesday.
He added that the focus for the pilot implementation would be on training teachers on how to use new curriculum guides and develop learning activity sheets.
“At the same time, we oriented the school heads, supervisors and our curriculum chiefs since they were ordered to monitor the program and conduct technical assistance to enhance their expertise through collaborative activities),” Bringas said.
After kindergarten and Grades 1, 4 and 7 next year, the new curriculum will be implemented in Grades 2, 5 and 8 in 2025-2026, in Grades 3, 6 and 9 in 2026-2027, and in Grade 10 by 2027-2028.
The new curriculum, Bringas said, will boost learning competencies by focusing on foundational skills and thematic reading, language, literacy, and the inclusion of good manners and right conduct, including added time for values education.
It would also incorporate the mother tongue in language classes, Bringas added.
Bringas said that the main purpose of the revision of the curriculum is to solve the learning gaps caused by the pandemic and allow learners to master the most essential learning competencies.
Meanwhile, Bringas said that DepEd is confident that it could reach its target of 27 million learners once the schools have uploaded their lists to the quick count system.
As of September 15, a total of 26.9 million students have enrolled for the school year 2024-2025, including those from private schools, state and local universities and colleges, and the alternative learning system.
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Author: Red Mendoza