February Newsletter

K to 12 Transition PMU launches nationwide information sessions


The K to 12 Transition Program Management Unit (PMU) began conducting nationwide information sessions late January this year. These sessions aim to increase awareness and understanding about the K to 12 Transition in the context of higher education.

“In any reform effort, it’s really the lack of information that causes the most anxiety,” said Deputy Program Manager Karol Mark Yee. Concerns on the K to 12 transition period mainly revolve around the low enrolment and consequent lower teaching load. In these sessions, projects under the transition program mitigating these concerns are discussed and clarified. Qualified HEIs are encouraged to open graduate programs to increase access to quality programs in their regions. Likewise, the Commission is also granting scholarships for faculty and staff of HEIs to complete master’s and doctoral degrees.

DSC_0441 CHEDRO XI and the Association of Private and State Colleges and Universities organized an information session in Davao

The response in the sessions has been generally positive, as sessions are used not only as platforms for queries but also for suggestions to improve the program. A highlight among regions has been the interest in forming partnerships for off-site graduate programs, allowing HEIs with expertise in particular fields to deliver their program in another location where there is high demand and low access.

IMG_0018The Cebu leg was held in NBEC-NTEC Summit hosted by the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP)

HEIs, education groups, and CHED regional offices have worked together tirelessly to organize these sessions, held in Lucena City, Pampanga, Bacolod, Cebu, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Butuan—and a host of other locations in the coming weeks. The PMU will coordinate more information sessions to ensure all HEIs across the country are equipped for the K to 12 transition.

“Saysay-Husay-Sarili” reaches Region 5

The CHED K to 12 PMU’s Senior High School Support Team in partnership with the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) held a 3-day teaching workshop from February 6 to 8 for private school teachers in the Bicol region. The training aims to equip SHS teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills for 21st century learners through the “Saysay-Husay-Sarili” Teaching and Learning Framework and providing Teaching Guides for SHS subjects.


Dr. Ronaldo Elicay, Ateneo de Naga’s Senior High School (SHS) Director challenged teacher-participants to reflect and revisit their roles as SHS teachers to better prepare students for lifelong learning. Participants learned both from education experts and their peers through the various workshops, which included unpacking curriculum standards, designing teaching guides, choosing assessment methods, and teaching demonstrations. These activities enabled a rich exchange of teaching strategies among the participants. The training was concluded with a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis for the educators to assess their readiness to teach in Grade 11.

20160207_101753 Region 3’s Grade 11 teachers show their best practices during the teaching demos

This training is part of the Commission’s efforts to provide support to the implementation of senior high school. The Commission, in coordination with Department of Education (DepEd), and in partnership with the Philippine Normal University (PNU), is undertaking a massive SHS support project with the goal of ensuring high quality of teaching in SHS amid varying contexts, locations, and experiences of teachers across the country.

CHED promotes graduate program accessibility

CHED Commissioner Cynthia Bautista and former CHED Chairperson Dr. Ester Garcia conferred with heads of private HEIs and SUCs to increase the accessibility of quality graduate programs nationwide. The discussions included establishing Joint Degree, Off-site, and Consortium Programs to provide graduate programs, especially in the Mindanao area. With these partnerships, the Commission aims to enable more universities to become delivering HEIs (DHEIs) of graduate programs within their own regions. This is in line with the K to 12 Transition Program’s objective to enhance faculty qualifications through scholarships in graduate degrees during the transition period.

12647265_473156346202828_2895674133756456112_n Dr. Garcia and Commissioner Bautista led the discussion to increase graduate programs in the country

The conference was held last January 30 at Fersal Hotel, Quezon City, and at the Executive Lounge in the Higher Education Development Center (HEDC) Building.