Balik Eskwela 2012

     The Department of Education is all set up for the opening of school year 2012-2013 in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide on Monday, June 4. The opening of classes will also start the pilot implementation of the K-12 Basic Education Program. Of the 21.49 million enrollees this year, 5.76 million are secondary, 14 million are elementary and 1.73 million are kindergarten. They will be accommodated by over 45,000 public schools nationwide.

     However, classes on other private elementary, secondary and tertiary schools and universities will start on different dates. This is to allow late enrollees and those coming from rural areas that spent long summer vacation.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro
    DepEd and other government agencies had taken measures months before the opening of classes. Teacher training was conducted to develop teachers’ capacity for the efficient implementation of the new curriculum. Brigada Eskwela was held from May 21-26 nationwide that encouraged NGOs, Private Sectors and LGUs in the cleaning and repairing of the school buildings. The Department also observed the annual Oplan Balik Eskwela campaign which seeks to address problems commonly encountered during school opening.

     The introduction of the new curriculum for Grade 1 and Grade 7 demonstrate the department’s firm commitment in bringing change in the education system while remaining on track to meet the country’s Education for All commitment by 2015 according to Sec. Luistro

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