The Senate Committee on Basic Education will conduct an inquiry on the MATATAG K to 10 curriculum to assess the Department of Education’s (DepEd) readiness for its rollout, Senator Win Gatchalian said.
The chairperson of the Senate basic education panel pressed the importance of ensuring the effective implementation of the MATATAG K-10 curriculum to improve learners’ performance and reverse the country’s education crisis. The pilot run of the MATATAG K-10 curriculum started on September 25 this year in 35 schools across seven regions.
Previously, Gatchalian also called on the Teacher Education Council (TEC), which the Secretary of Education chairs, to ensure the alignment of teacher education and training to the MATATAG K to 10 curriculum.
The MATATAG K to 10 Curriculum decongests learning competencies from more than 11,700 to around 3,644. Experts pointed out that the previous congested curriculum prevented learners from mastering essential competencies, which led to the country’s poor performance in international large-scale assessments such as the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
The DepEd previously reiterated that the MATATAG K to 10 curriculum focuses on literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional skills. Peace competencies are also among the features of the MATATAG K to 10 Curriculum.
The said curriculum will have a phased implementation, which will start by School Year (SY) 2024-2025 for Kindergarten, Grades 1, 4, and 7. The curriculum will roll out in Grades 2, 5, and 8 by SY 2025-2026; followed by Grades 3, 6, and 9 for SY 2026-2028. By SY 2027-2028, the revised curriculum will roll out in Grade 10, followed by the full curriculum implementation by 2028.
“Kung epektibo nating maipapatupad ang MATATAG curriculum, matitiyak natin ang pagkatuto ng ating mga mag-aaral at unti-unti nating mawawakasan ang krisis sa sektor ng edukasyon,” said Gatchalian.