DepEd to hold crash kindergarten program in summer nationwide

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An eight-week crash course program will be held by the Department of Education (DepEd) for incoming grade one students in public schools who were not able to attend preparatory education. The Kindergarten Summer Program (KSP) will run on April 11 until June 3, 2011, and will be expected to start simultaneously in all public schools nationwide.


The free kindergarten course program, as DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro stated, addresses the common problem arising to grade one entrants at their first stage in proper schooling. It seeks to prepare students from different school routines, and inherit values that show importance on education.


“When young children are better prepared on the ways of school life, they develop a positive attitude in schooling. Thus, they value learning more, strive to excel and are more likely to finish basic education. This is what we want our young children to develop — value for education — through KSP,” said Luistro.


Kindergarten Summer Program (KSP): A Strategy to Reach More Children, Luistro explained, is one of their programs to strengthen their campaign in achieving the Education For All (EFA) and Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 1, universal access to primary education, through adopting grade one entrants in a bridge program, identical to other projects that DepEd had launched before in other education levels. Children who are qualified for the program must in age above 5 years and six months.


DepEd also affirmed that previous studies in education reveal how preparatory schooling affects completion rate in primary and secondary levels.


For logistical concerns such as prospective enrollees located in remote barangays, an itinerant teacher (IT) shall be designated to administer classes at two adjacent areas, where a minimum of eight students are enrolled in each class.


Luistro has already sent directives to all schools to arrange advocacy campaigns and forums in various communities, in coordination with the Local Government Units (LGUs), and parents to inform them on the importance and applications of the program, hence, this draws community support and participation in the project.


Teachers were also greatly in charged in providing a child-friendly, fun and effective learning experience to students, as this program becomes their early set to school.