By Minerva BC Newman
CEBU CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) in Central Visayas highlighted the role of its partners and other stakeholders in the implementation of K to 12 in the region in the coffee table book, “A Trodden Path.”
During the launching of the book Tuesday, DepEd Regional Director Juliet Jeruta told nearly100 teachers, superintendents and coordinators that K-12 or the senior high school (SHS) program was a learning experience for all of them.
The book is a compendium of all K to12 program experiences and accomplishments from the 19 school divisions in the region in the form of stories, photos, and testimonies, Jeruta said.
Jeruta considered the biggest challenge in implementing K to 12 was to include in the senior high curriculum subjects and courses that would make the students employable here and abroad.
“We want our senior high graduates to be at par with that of other countries in the world,” she said. “But it was not easy. We had explored many directions including poverty alleviation and the goals on sustainable development which the UNESCO wants to be included in the K to12 implementation.”
The policy review aims to assess the existing issuances and policies relative to the Senior High School program. Review and craft policy notes to improve its implementation and to develop a plan of action for K to 12 work immersion in many industries to improve students’ employable skills.
The book becomes the guide for future changes in the curriculum. It contains a compilation of how advocacies and mobilizations for SHS was done and how it had drawn positive views from the learners and the public, Jeruta said.
The crafting of the SHS curriculum is designed for global competitive learners to upgrade their proficiencies. The work immersions for practical hands-on job experiences and other knowledge were made possible because of the massive alliances, partnerships and linkages with organizations here and abroad, Jeruta noted.
The books were distributed to the different schools divisions in the region.