July 16, 2024

The close to one-year implementation of the revised kindergarten to Grade 10 curriculum called the “Matatag curriculum” in pilot schools in the Cordillera yielded positive results.

In a press conference, Baguio City Schools Division Superintendent Soraya Faculo said with the reduction of the competencies in the revised curriculum, many learners are now able to put into practice what they are learning.

“There is more time. Hindi sobrang packed iyong curriculum that they are running to implement the curriculum,” Soraya said. 

Due to this, there is significant improvement of the learners’ grades based on their quarterly assessment.

As for the teachers, she said they are able to have a collaborative experience because they get to plan every Monday.

Dahil sila ay pilot schools mahalaga na pag-aralan nila kung ano ang best practices of the teachers,” she said.

Baguio City has two pilot schools for the Matatag curriculum in Doña Aurora and Rizal Elementary Schools.   

Under the revised K-10 curriculum, which was launched in August 2023, the number of learning competencies was reduced by 70 percent from around 11,700 to 3,600.

DepEd also cut down the number of subjects, with greater emphasis given on the development of Kinder to grade 3 learners’ foundational skills such as literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional skills. 

Apayao SDS Irene Angway, meanwhile, said that in their pilot school in Calafug Elementary School in Conner town, the decongestion of competencies is the best feature of the curriculum.

Angway said for the grade 1 class, there is more time spent by their teachers in reading, which affects the development of reading skills in the children.

 The teachers are also finding ways to contextualize the lessons to the learners, as what they have been doing in the Indigenous Peoples’ Education in the school.

DepEd-Cordillera Director Estela Cariño said the region is also preparing for the full implementation of the Matatag Curriculum.

She said they have been conducting a series of training sessions for teachers and trainers from the various pilot schools in the region.

The curriculum will be taught next to grades 2, 5, and 8 learners in the school year 2025 to 2026; grades 3, 6 and 9 in school year 2026 to 2027; and grade 10 in school year 2027 to 2028. – Ofelia C. Empian