• New Cocopea book highlights K-to-12 implications for youth

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    To inform the public on the government’s flagship Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-to-12) program, the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (Cocopea) has come out with a book that primarily highlights the implication of K-to-12 and its impact on the country’s public and private educational system.

    Joseph Noel Estrada, the legal counsel of Cocopea, said the book is a comprehensive annotation of educational law, which is the Republic Act 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 and all related laws, policies in education.

    “There’s no other user’s book on K-to-12 implementing rules that is more comprehensive than this book,” Estrada said. It impacts the education sector in public and private. We all know that the K-to-12 law is the major education reform. So now, the implementation requires education knowledge with the existing law in education. Lahat ng education law ay importanteng malaman at maintindihan ng mga tao. So ang ina-outline sa book na ito ‘yung underlying principle why we need the K-to-12 education.”

    He said the book also helps school owners, administrators, teachers and students to further understand K-to-12 program.

    “Since the new curriculum provides the transition from the old to the new system, it will guide the school owners, teachers, students and all the stakeholders. The transition period ng implementation ng K-to-12 program ay mula 2013 to 2021. So with that long transition, ang dami kasing pwedeng mangyari (many things can happen). Since the full implementation of senior high school is on 2016, that’s the time na walang freshmen in college. ‘Yan ‘yung time na walang procedure. In 2018 and 2019, we have already the first batch of senior high school graduates. Dyan din natin makikita ‘yung new college curriculum,” Estrada, who wrote the book along with Kristjan Vicente Gargantiel, explained.

    An education law expert, Estrada began his career in education law as legal counsel at the Emilio Aguinaldo College. He also became the legal counsel and executive director of the Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges, and Universities and the Cocopea.

    Estrada also joined an exclusive group of lawyers who helped shape the legal environment of education. He is a regular resource person of the House of Representatives and Senate committees on education. He regularly represents private education in policy consultations in the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

    The young lawyer was one of the handful who drafted the K-to-12 law and helped wrote its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).

    He said Education Secretary Armin Luistro and Rep. Roman Romulo of Pasig City have expressed their full support for their book.

    Luistro, who wrote the foreword of the book, said :“This book documents the underlying principles considered in the legislation process and the concerns in drafting the IRR. As part of the technical working group that drafted the K-to-12 bills; and a resource person at the K-to-12 Steering Committee, Atty. Estrada has ably explained the legal implications, and transition issues and challenges of the K-to-12 program. Atty. Gargantiel, on the other hand, as a seasoned legal consultant of several DepEd City Schools in National Capital Region, has provided his invaluable inputs in the view of the public system implementation of K-to-12. In all, the book has become a rich source of fresh knowledge and analysis of education principles.”

    Estrada said the K-to-12 book was first introduced to the public in a soft launch during the national convention of the Catholic Educational Associations of the Philippines (CEAP) on September 25.

    Vibal Publishing Group is distributing it nationwide. The book will be in major bookstores on October 12.

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