DepEd to review curriculum two years after senior high school program rollout

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) — The Department of Education on Wednesday said it will review the basic education curriculum, two years after the rollout of the senior high school program under the K-12 system.

"We are going to have a thorough review of the curriculum of the Department of Education. After all we have been there for two years already so we have made enough experience," Education Secretary Leonor Briones said in a Malacañang press briefing.

Shortly after assuming the post as Education Secretary in 2016, Briones already bared plans to change the curriculum, along with the textbooks.

She said the government has been getting "a lot of feedback" on the curriculum, but did not elaborate on what comments were received.

"Two years na ngayon, kailangan irereview na ulit. Because right now as we are speaking, changes are occurring," Briones said.

She said Filipino students need to catch up, citing as an example their need to learn robotics.

She explained there used to be a demand for students to be taught good English so that they can easily join the booming call center industry. But now, call centers agents in some countries are being replaced by robots.

"So if you are preparing our children to speak beautiful English for call centers then perhaps we will be truly left behind. We have to teach our children to be the ones to make the robots," Briones said. She added some public school students are winning at robotics contests abroad.

The K-12 law, signed by then President Benigno Aquino III in 2013, added Grades 11 and 12 to the Philippines' former 10-year basic education program. The last two years, known as senior high school, allow students to choose one from the four strands: accountancy, business, and management, humanities and social sciences, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and general academics.

Schools started accepting senior high school students in 2016. The first batch of mandatory senior high school students graduated this year, but critics doubt if they can land good jobs without college diplomas.

CNN Philippines' Eimor Santos and Ina Andolong contributed to this report.