The Palawan State University has just concluded the K to 12 Training in preparation for the upcoming transition in the educational system to be employed as a national agenda beginning in 2016. Owing to the PSU’s track record at the elementary and secondary level, the University has once again responded to the call to serve the region.

The K to 12 is a huge leap from the traditional way of education here in the Philippines. Specifically, it covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School). It aims to provide learners with the proper amount of time to master the necessary skills for tertiary education or middle-level skills development.

With this major transition, it is normal to have difficulties in the change. The PSU’s role is to mitigate such difficulties of educational institutions affected within the region, by means of proper training.

Dr. Lorna Gelito, PSU Vice President for Academic Affairs, presided over the K to 12 training at the Main Campus in Tiniguiban.

“As the focal person in the training sessions held here at the Main Campus, I am pleased that our participants have responded positively”, she said.

This training lasted for a total of two weeks for Region IV-B and it is actually composed of other trainings simultaneously taking place within the region.

Dr. Daisy Grace Antonio, Dean of the PSU College of Teacher Education was also a focal person in one of the trainings held in Mindoro Occidental.

She said, “The PSU has always been the one to administer trainings of this scale in the region. Based on what I have seen in recent years, the one we have just had is the most successful. The need to be properly trained and oriented is the key to the total success of the K to 12.”

The Commission on Higher Education identifies the Palawan State University College of Teacher Education as a Center of Excellence in recognition of its teacher education program which “continuously demonstrated excellent performance in the areas of instruction and publication, research, extension and linkage institutional qualifications and provides excellent quality pre-service teacher education to meet the needs of progressive teachers for elementary, secondary and special education programs in the Philippines” (per CMO No. 24 s, 2010 on July 16, 2010).