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Updates on K to 12 and E-Learning

By Brilliant Creations Publishing Administrator

Members of the Philippine Educational Publishers’ Association (PEPA) discoursed about the implications of K to 12 in the educational publishing industry with National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) Director, Mr. Enrico Habijan and DepEd Consultant, Dr. Isagani Cruz on August 30, 2011 at Club Filipino in Green Hills, San Juan.

“The Philippines is the only remaining country in Asia with a 10-year pre-university program,” said Cruz. With the current educational system, the Filipino youth learns 12 year’s worth of education in a short span of 10 years. This explains why Filipino graduates seeking jobs abroad are not automatically recognized as professionals. Progressive countries deem a 10-year basic education program insufficient.

To counteract this disadvantage, Habijan said it is high time the Philippines restructures its educational system. He added that the K to 12 Curriculum, which promises globally-accepted education standards, higher employment rates, a better society, and economic growth, shall be released by the DepEd in February 2012.

The K to 12 will introduce a K-6-4-2 educational cycle where one year is allotted for a universal pre-schooling for all (Kinder), six years is allotted to Elementary School (Grades 1–6), four years is allotted to Junior High School (Grades 7–10), and 2 years is allotted to Senior High School (Grades 11–12).

The said cycle is sure to have an effect on the long-running systems practiced by the educational publishing industry. To prepare for the changes brought about by the new curriculum, Dr. Isagani Cruz suggests the PEPA members to consider ten things:

  1. 1.     Every child must be a reader by Grade 1. Books should be adjusted such that grade one textbooks already cater to reading grade kids and not just offer lessons on reading readiness.
  2. 2.     Science and Math proficiency. The country is left-behind by its Asian neighbors in terms of proficiency in the sciences. The new curriculum intends to improve this disadvantage in the long run. Publishers should aim for improved Math and Science textbooks as well.
  3. 3.     The Philippine Cultural Education Plan by the NCCA. Publishers should take part in the PCEP objective to make Filipinos culturally literate. The PCEP also aims to give Filipinos a better understanding of what we truly are as a people.
  4. 4.     Singapore Textbooks. Textbook publishers are encouraged to emulate textbooks and teaching methods from Singapore, specifically, the Singapore Math.
  5. 5.     Understanding by Design. As already recently employed, the principles of UbD shall be continually used in secondary education, said Cruz. Publishers are advised to continue producing UbD-based textbooks and teachers’ manuals.
  6. 6.     A Decongested Curriculum. DepEd offers a decongested curriculum that is internationally recognized and comparable. Consequently, publishers are expected to produce materials that would come at par.
  7. 7.     General Education in High School. To prepare high school students for the entry in the workforce, the curriculum will integrate General Education in the High School levels. Thus, textbooks should be parallel with these changes that DepEd will apply.
  8. 8.     Life Skills. Instead of being purely academic, Cruz advised publishers to incorporate “life skills” in their textbooks. These “life skills” will help high school students as they transition to become part of the workforce in case they decide not continue through college.
  9. 9.     Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education. Most schools in the provinces use the MLE and are in need of materials that will facilitate this kind of education.

10. February 2012. Cruz pacified the anxious PEPA members by assuring that the K to 12 Curriculum will be out on February 2012.

Habijan ended the symposium in a positive light, saying that changes in the educational system should be embraced positively so as to obtain positive results. He added that DepEd can work hand in hand with PEPA so that the Filipino youth is assured of an education system that is recognized and globally at par.


The Philippine Educational Publishers Association (PEPA) held a seminar last August 31 regarding guidelines and implications of K to 12 and updates on E-learning and E-book project of De La Salle Greenhills.

The second part of the said seminar gave opportunity for some PEPA members to share new innovations and programs implemented in their companies that may inspire the other members of the prestigious organization. As mentioned by Mr. Maximo Gomez of C&E Publishing, PEPA members should not only think what PEPA can do for them, rather what they can also do for PEPA.

In line with this, a representative of C&E Publishing discussed some guidelines in their new E-Learning Program. He shared the results of their research studies and showed some examples of animated lesson discussion. Below are the E-Learning guidelines enumerated by the discussant.

1. Pedagogy should always be prioritized over technology.

2. Adding graphics to words can improve learning. (Multimedia Principle)

3. E-Learning Products that make use of appropriate animations can improve learning.

4. Combination of audio and graphics is a key ingredient to an effective E-learning product. (Modality Principle)

5. Explaining graphics with audio and redundant text can have a negative effect on learning. (Redundancy Principle)

6. Use narrations that are conducted in a conversational first- or second-person style. (Personalization Principle)

7. Effective E-Learning product allows the learner to fully control the pace of each lesson. (Navigation Principle)

8. Avoid the use of extraneous materials such as irrelevant video, animation, pictures, text, narration, and sounds. (Coherence Principle)

After the discussion on E-Learning, Mr. Jose Maria Policarpio of DIWA Learning Systems, Inc. shared updates on the La Salle Green Hills E-Book Project. He mentioned the deal of PEPA with La Salle. To start the experiment, La Salle has opened submission of E-Book materials from some PEPA members. The publishing companies that submitted their E-book materials did not charge La Salle of any additional fees. In return, La Salle has committed to report to PEPA the result of the said experiment. In this way, both parties will benefit on the E-Book Project conducted by La Salle, in cooperation with PEPA.

After the discussion of the two topics, there was an open forum facilitated by Ms. Maria Angela Parma of BC Educational, Inc. Several questions on E-Learning and the E-book projects were promptly answered by the discussants.

The said discussions strengthen the bond of PEPA members, since every publishing company is now expected to share new programs and discoveries to the rest of the organization, thus helping each other progress in the publishing industry, resulting to a more vibrant book industry in the country.



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