MANILA, Philippines – Education Secretary Armin Luistro
revealed Friday that an additional 55,000 classrooms will be needed to
support the planned K+12 Expanded Basic Education Program of the
Luistro revealed this at the sidelines of the 1st regional Basic
Education Summit held in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan Friday
During the summit, the education secretary met with local
stakeholders to address the various local concerns of the educational
sector in the area and find out creative ways to address them.
The summit was also a venue for consultation on the expanded program,
which Luistro said was well received by the summit participants.
Luistro hopes to make the summit regional. "Actually ito yung
kauna-unahang education summit sa buong Pilipinas. Pina-pilot test natin
dito. In next 3 months, regional summits parang ganito. By April, yun
yung national summit specific to K+12," he said.
As earlier announced, the K+12 program will be implemented starting
next year with the universal kindergarten program. By 2012, additional
years for those starting grade 1 and first year high school will
Luistro said the DepEd must build classrooms for those in grade 11 by 2016, and those in grade 12 the following year.
He said the department plans to tap the controversial conditional
cash transfer program of government to prevent dropouts, especially
among those in grades 1-3 where such cases are prevalent.
Source: ABS-CBN News, RG Cruz, 11-12-2010