Aquino signs K-12 bill into law

President Aquino signed this morning the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 that mandates kindergarten and a 12-year basic education curriculum in the country. The President said the bill will pave the way for an ever brighter future for young Filipinos by giving them education that will be at par with international standards.

READ: Speech of President Aquino at the signing of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013

The law formalizes the addition of two years to the previous 10-year basic education curriculum. The new system will have six years of elementary, four years of junior high school, and two additional years for senior high school.

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This adds two years to the educational system in an effort to further prepare students for the world ahead.

The legislation also provides for a mother-tongue, multi-lingual approach to instruction to facilitate the early learning process of students.

Teachers will be required to use a region’s mother tongue as medium of instruction from Grades 1 to 3.

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