PSD embraces K-12
Posted on Thursday the 05th of July 2012
Derek A. Vallesteros
Philippine School Doha is all set to implement the Kindergarten to 12 (K to 12) program, which will incorporate school curriculum to Grade 7 and will embrace further year for high school. In line with its implementation, PSD is currently holding an In-Service Training (INSET) with the theme "Embracing K-12 with Meaning and Creativity". The training started last June 3 and will last until June 14.
The K to 12 program is a modification of the 10-year basic education system implemented in the country that comprises six years of elementary and four years of high school. It has a kindergarten as base, followed by six years of elementary (Grades 1 to 6), four years of junior high school (Grades 7 to 10), and two years of senior high (Grades 11 to 12). This will decongest the current curriculum by disseminating the lessons over 12 years instead of shoving them into 10.
The K to 12 program will use the "spiral progression approach" which will aim to teach students more upon entering high school. Under this system, students in first year level (seventh graders) would already be introduced to the basics of all these mathematics subjects as well as Science enriched course.
Dr. Alexander S. Acosta cited that teachers must be the lighthouse that provides a beaming ray for students to explore, to experience and to pace with the dynamics of the nation and of the world. He further mentioned that through K to 12 program, the education now of every youth will be of "topmost value" and will help spur the advancement of every PSDian. The program will serve as the gateway for PSD to face the world and its challenges. He dares all the teachers to take that first bold step today, so as to reach its goal as the first Philippine Science High School in the Middle East.
PSD is expecting to fill in the paucities and reinforce the students' capabilities in core subjects such as English, Math, and Science.
With its implementation, this will serve as the start of what PSD hopes to withstand in the route towards the development of everyone. The INSET anchored to the K to 12 training was spearheaded by the intermediate department of Philippine School Doha led by Mrs. Paulita Pal.