The Department of Education (DepEd) headed by Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC , together with Hon. Patricia Licuanan as the Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with its Director General Joel Villanueva signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the “Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 (Republic Act No. 10533). Last September 4, 2013 at Don Alejandro Roces National High School, A. Roces Ave. cor. Sct. Tuazon, Brgy. Obrero, Quezon City.
The provisions of this IRR shall primarily apply to all public and private basic educational institutions and learning centers. This IRR shall also apply to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Technical-Vocational Institutions (TVIs), duly recognized organizations acting as Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs), and foundations.
The enhanced curriculum system is a modified version of the acquired curriculum which is more geared to meeting the diverse needs of our present students.
Let me give you a glimpse of what is indicated on the IRR.
"Pursuant to Section 3 of the Act, basic education is intended to meet basic learning needs which provides the foundation on which subsequent learning can be based. It encompasses kindergarten, elementary, and secondary education as well as alternative learning systems for out-of-school learners and those with special needs under Section 8 of this IRR."
" Kindergarten Education is the first stage of compulsory and mandatory formal education which consists of one (1) year of preparatory education for children at least five (5) years old as a prerequisite for Grade 1.As educators, advocates and parents we are bound by the law under this implementation that..."It shall be compulsory for every parent or guardian or other persons having custody of a child to enroll such child in basic education, irrespective of learning delivery modes and systems, until its completion, as provided for by existing laws, rules and regulations."
Elementary Education refers to the second stage of compulsory basic education which is composed of six (6) years. The entrant age to this level is typically six (6) years old.
Secondary Education refers to the third stage of compulsory basic education. It consists of four (4) years of junior high school education and two (2) years of senior high school education. The entrant age to the junior and senior high school levels are typically twelve (12) and sixteen (16) years old, respectively.
The DepEd may allow private educational institutions flexibility in adopting the program provided that they comply with the DepEd-prescribed minimum standards consistent with the Act." (Based on Section 6, of the Enhanced Basic Education Program)
There are also clauses for such "inclusiveness under the Enhanced Basic Education":
- Programs for the Gifted and Talented
- Programs for Learners with Disabilities. These
- Madrasah Program
- Indigenous Peoples (IP) Education Program.
- Programs for Learners under Difficult Circumstances
For a complete file of the IRR, kindly click on the photo below: