Education sector begins drafting K-12 IRR

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MANILA -- Agencies handling education services begun at the Department of Education (DepEd) Wednesday the drafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Enhanced Basic Education Act signed by the President last May.

The program, which adds two more years of senior high school among other enhancements, aims to improve the quality of education to keep up with international standards.

“According to the law we have 90 days (from June 8) to finish this,” said DepEd Undersecretary Alberto Muyot, drafting committee chair, adding that the various subcommittees need to consult other stakeholders as well.

The committee will also be conducting public consultations, “We will go around Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and NCR (National Capital Region) sometime August and we will try to incorporate inputs from everyone involved,” Muyot said.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro reiterated that the K-12 proponents’ “desire to always seek consensus and not to dismiss even our harshest critics.”

The committee, which includes the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as co-chairs, was split into various sub-committees to focus on specific aspects of the law such as curriculum, teacher training, and career guidance, among others.

“It is auspicious that we are officially starting on the IRR on Jose Rizal’s birthday. He is the epitome of someone who is fully Filipino yet a true citizen of the world,” said Luistro, adding that students going through the entire K-12 Program will experience a rediscovery what it is to be Filipino.

The committee intends to finish the final IRR before September 6, 2013.

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