DepEd prepares teachers for K to 12
In preparation for the adoption of the new curriculum under the K to 12 program, the Department of Education is conducting the Test of English Proficiency (TEPT) and Process Skills Test (PST) in Science and Math to all Grades 1 and 2 public school teachers nationwide.
The tests, according to Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC, are part of DepEd’s assessment on the capability of public school teachers to teach the new curriculum under the K to 12 program. The Grade 1 and first year high school curriculum will debut when classes open in June 2012. “We want our teachers fully equipped when we introduce the new curriculum this school year,” he explained.
Luistro pointed out that the result of the TEPT and PST will serve as the basis for the kind of training and intervention the department will introduce this summer to fully prepare the teachers for the new curriculum.
The tests started in February 5 for NCR teachers. On Feb 12, teachers from CaLaBaRZon and MIMAROPA will take the tests; February 19 in Ilocos Region and Cagayan Valley; February 26 for Regions 5 and 9; March 11 for Region 12; March 18 for Regions 6 and CARAGA; March 25 for Northern Mindanao and Davao Region; April 1 for Regions 7 and 8; April 15 for Central Luzon and CAR and April 22 for ARMM.
DepEd has jumpstarted the K to 12 program last year when it introduced the universal kindergarten program in all public schools. K to 12, as envisioned by DepEd, aims to produce high school graduates who have the competency to land a job and to be better prepared for college education and global opportunities.