RCTQ Director explains need to review, revise DepEd curriculum
PNU Vice President for Academics and RCTQ Director Dr. Jennie Jocson guested on radio station Radyo Veritas DZRV-AM on 14 August 2023 to explain the rationale for the review and revision of the K to 10 curriculum of the Department of Education.
On 10 August 2023, PNU and RCTQ attended the launch of DepEd’s MATATAG Curriculum, a revised K to 10 curriculum that supports DepEd’s efforts for learning recovery.
“Curriculum is an evolving document. Reviewing the DepEd curriculum ensures that it continues to be relevant to the students, to DepEd and to the country,” Dr. Jocson said.
Dr. Jocson said that since DepEd launched the K to 12 curriculum in 2012, it has never been reviewed. She said it needed to be revisited especially in the light of the recent coronavius pandemic.
“The pandemic has changed the way we look at education. It has also changed our views on learning and teaching. The pandemic also shed light on the changing needs of the education sector and the teachers,” said Dr. Jocson. “Second, the K to 12 curriculum needs to be decongested. We put so many competencies but we forgot the basic ones, such as literacy and numeracy.”
The recent revisions include the reduction in the number of competencies, and more focus on the development of foundational skills such as literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional skills for kindergarten to Grade 3 learners. The education department also promised a separate review of its senior high school curriculum.
As national center for teacher education, PNU was among those that reviewed the K to 10 curriculum. Dr. Jocson said this helped ensure alignment between pre-service teacher education and the teaching requirements of DepEd.
Watch the full interview of Dr. Jocson by Fr. Nono Alfonso S.J. of the Ateneo de Manila University and program host Jing Manapol-Lanzona.
During the MATATAG launch, PNU President Dr. Bert Tuga led the PNU-RCTQ team that expressed support for DepEd’s curriculum reform. He was joined by VP for Academics and RCTQ Director Dr. Jennie Jocson, Vice President for University Relations and Advancement Dr. Lordinio Vergara, RCTQ Deputy Director Maria Lourdes Pantoja, and senior program managers Dr. Ali Anudin and Dr. Allan Reyes.
In her message, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte acknowledged partners from the public and private sectors. She also acknowledged the efforts of former RCTQ Director and now DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Teaching Dr. Gina Gonong in leading the review and redesign of the K-10 curriculum. (RCTQ Comms)https://www.rctq.ph/?p=4629NewsDepEd