15 May 2013

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said it has completed the development of a new set of curriculum for teaching the technical vocational education and training (TVET) courses to students under the K to 12 program.

Secretary Joel Villanueva, TESDA director general, also announced that more than a hundred Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) teachers and supervisors have completed the mandatory training and are now ready to teach the new curriculum.
"We want to make sure that things are in place for the successful implementation of the K to 12 education," Villanueva said at the signing of the K to 12 law in Malacanang on May 15.
"TVET will play a central role in the new education model that prepares students for tertiary education, middle-skills development, employment and entrepreneurship," he said. The K to12 law, which is a flagship education program of the Aquino administration, adds two years of senior high school to the current 10-year education curriculum.
The two additional years in senior high school are aimed to serve as a specialization period for high school students, whether in vocational skills, music, the arts or sports. High school graduates have the option to pursue jobs with a basic education diploma or proceed to college.
“K to 12 will make our curriculum relevant to the learners. It will ensure an integrated and seamless learning for our students,” Villanueva added.
Villanueva said that curriculum guides, learning modules and teachers’ guides for 23 tech-voc courses have been developed for incoming Grades 7 and 8.  Review of these materials for Grades 9 to 10 is currently on-going.
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TESDA has provided technical assistance in the review of the Entrepreneurship module of K to 12.  It has also facilitated the training of 17 TLE supervisors and 135 LTE teachers in validating the curriculum guides and learning modules.
TESDA, the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education have been working very closely in ensuring the successful implementation of the K – 12 program.  The three agencies have joined forces in preparing some schools as model institutions for K to 12 education. 
To date, there are 30 schools implementing the Senior High School Modeling Program, and another 36 private schools have submitted their transition plan proposals. 
"The rise of good schools is no accident.  It is a product of deliberate policies and long-term investments that acknowledge that quality education is central to a nation's economic growth," Villanueva said.