I was a witness...
...when K to 12 was then K + 12 and the Department of Education was pushing for the Universal Kindergarten. At that time, I was still teaching Pre-schoolers and handling our church's children's ministry.
...when K to 12 was formally launched at Malacanang Palace. I was there too!
...when P-Noy, joined by the legislators from the House of Representative (The Congress), signed the bill yesterday. It was a blessing indeed to have the opportunity to see first-hand a part of the history being made.
Like what PNoy said in his speech, in the event of the enactment, “[Sa K-12] tinitiyak nating sapat at kapaki-pakinabang ang kasanayang naibabahagi sa ating mga mag-aaral.” ([With K-12] we are making sure that adequate and useful skills are being imparted to our students.) The additional two years after fourth year high school are intended to further hone the skills and talents of students for their chosen career path in arts and sports, technical vocational, entrepreneurship or tertiary education.
This was indeed the time that the Department of Education have been awaiting and was a momentous time for the head of the department, Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSC. “We are particularly grateful to the members of Congress, government agencies, the working groups, and other individuals who share with us the vision of a relevant, responsive and truly 21st century education.” That was a bit of his speech as he was expressing his gratitude to everyone who made this possible.