The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Philippine Normal University (PNU) held a closing ceremony for the CHED-PNU K to 12 Engagement Program, at the PNU Alumni-Relations Hall last September 30, 2016. The ceremony culminated a strong partnership during the K to 12 Transition Period— a year and a half after the agreement was signed.
Since 2013, CHED has been working with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the development of the Senior High School (SHS) curriculum, and in 2014, in the development of SHS teaching guides. In line with this commitment, CHED partnered with PNU to develop the SHS Support Program.
This collaboration completed 19 teaching guides for Core, STEM, and ABM subjects in SHS and 3,075 SHS teachers trained through the National Training of Trainers and the nationwide rollout of teacher training. The said Teaching Guides have also been donated to the public and private education sector, and to higher education institutions for the use of SHS teachers nationwide. These were also made available online for free to SHS teachers through the website teachtogether.chedk12.com.
Present in the event were CHED K to 12 Transition Program Director Karol Mark R. Yee, PNU President Ester B. Ogena, Project Coordinators Vice President for Academics Ma. Antoinette C. Montealegre, and Vice President for University Relations and Advancement Rosemarievic V. Diaz, and the CHED K to 12 Senior High School Support Team. Also present were representatives from the different offices of PNU that extended invaluable support to the success of the projects.
“This program began in December 2014. It was then that the Commission on Higher Education fully understood their role during this K to 12 transition program particularly on curriculum alignment and teacher training,” said Mr. Yee. “Bakit ganito kaaktibo ang CHED para sa K to 12? Because our role is articulated in Republic Act 10533, and, together with our partners in the interagency: among them DepEd, TESDA and DOLE: we have to see the education sector as a whole. The success of one is the success of all.”
Looking forward to the importance of the entire project for the development of the SHS program, Pres. Ogena stated, “This is not the end – our outputs will be used by our teachers and our students. Our work will be perpetuated through our students.”
Through the SHS Support Program, CHED fulfills its responsibility to Republic Act 10533, in working with DepEd for the crafting of a harmonized basic and tertiary curricula (Section 5) and the development and conducting of teacher education and training programs (Section 7), among others, to ensure a “smooth and successful transition to K to 12” (Section 12).
This initiative has since expanded to become the K to 12 Transition Program: a 5-year effort of the Commission to help mitigate the impact of the full implementation of SHS on higher education institutions, while leveraging the period to invest in an unprecedented scale, towards the building of the capacity of the education sector.