Saturday, June 2, 2012


What is K+12?
K+12 means: 1 year kindergarten (5 yrs old), –6 years elementary (6 to 11 years old), –4 years junior high (12 to 15 years old) and –2 years senior high (16 to 17 years old). Full 12 years of basic education will be requirement for college entry by SY 2018-2019.

Why K+12?
The Philippines is the only in Asia and among the 3 in the world with 10-year basic education cycle. Education outcomes (participation, completion, achievement) require urgent action and ARMM is the lowest performers among the 16 regions. Lacking 2 years implies inadequate instructional time or time on task – 12-year congested in 10-year.

A recent SEAMEO-Innotech study found out the following: Congested elementary education curriculum, especially in Math, Languages and Sciences, compared with ASEAN neighbors; High school graduates (15-16) too year to enter workforce legally (18), and inadequately prepared for college (need for remedial classes).

Our 10-year cycle do not conform with the Washing Accord and Bologna Process. Washington Accord prescribes 12-year of basic educ prior to recognition engineering courses. Bologna Process requires 12-year basic education prior to university admission and professional practice.


We are going to have phased implementation, meaning gradual, one year level at a time.

Kindergarten is offered starting SY 2011-12 for all 5 years old children or those who will be 5 years old by August. The new curriculum will be offered this school year to Grade 1 and Grade 7 (1st year high school).

"Moral Governance"

English - "Good governance for a progressive and peaceful BARMM."

Sinama - "Hap pamarinta tudju BARMM na sambu maka salamat"

Bahasa Sug - "Dan mabuntul tudju pa BARMM masambu iban mahatul"

Meranaw - "Mathitu a kandatu sa BARMM ko katagompiya go kalilintad"


"Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE)"