(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 23 May 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Monday, 23 October 2023

Transformational journey of learners through MATATAG curriculum

Vice President of the Philippines and Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) Sarah Duterte launched the MATATAG curriculum on August 10, 2023 in Pasay City, as a revised curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 10 in the Philippines to take effect on school year 2024 to 2025, and primarily designed  to address the challenges of the current K to 12 curriculum, such as the congested content, misplaced prerequisite learning competencies, and cognitive demand imbalance.

MATATAG stood for, “Make the curriculum relevant to produce job-ready, Active and responsible citizens; TAke steps to accelerate the delivery of basic education services and provision facilities; TAke good care of learners by promoting learner well-being, inclusiveness learning, and positive learning environment; and, Give support for teachers to teach better.”

On the other hand, Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act is the current educational curriculum of the country, which increased the number of years of basic education, resulting in the creation of senior high school or grades 11 to 12, which kick started in 2012 to 2013.

For learners who needed to stay flexible with this change pondered on the rightness and justice of this revision, on the ground that K12 is aligned to international standards with other countries in the world that observed 12-year basic education cycle, and the Philippines prior to its effectivity was among the remaining three nations, with Djibouti and Angola, and the last in Asia that was not observant of K12.

After a thorough empirical search and research for a better truth, an evidenced-based presentation was made by the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga during the recent Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) full council meeting in Surigao City stating that the Filipino learners displayed poor performance in national and international assessments in the past years. A World Bank study in 2021 reported that more than 90% of Filipino learners aged 10 years old struggle to comprehend age-appropriate text. Meanwhile in Caraga, the results of the 2018 National Achievement Test (NAT) revealed that only 36.9 percent and 43.61 percent of elementary and secondary learners achieved a Mean Percentage Score (MPS) of at least 66-85 percent, or at least moving towards mastery. The agency further identified the overload of subjects and lessons under the previous Kindergarten to Grade 10 curriculum as among the issues which contributed to the said  results, hence prompting DepEd to revise the curriculum. 

Moreover, the decision to revise the curriculum was a sturdy recommendation  of 1,168 collaborators and contributors, comprising of 117 DepEd specialists; DepEd teachers, school heads and supervisors; 126 consultants and higher education institutions; 205 external parties including civil society organizations and industry and government stakeholders; 180 individuals from private schools and organizations; and lastly seven international experts.

Therefore, the endorsement and approval to consider the MATATAG curriculum was tediously reviewed by experts and frontline in education and in the community, not just for any political reason and propaganda, with a goal to have a streamlined process for implementation and ensuring that learners will have flexibility and adaptability to this transformation journey.

For a smooth buy-in and acceptance of the general public, the MATATAG curriculum took note of pilot implementation to some primary and secondary schools in Caraga Region particularly in identified schools in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, including capacity building, learning resources, senior high school (SHS) curriculum revision and stakeholders’ support. (RLE/PIA-Caraga)