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Philippine gov't sets aside budget of US$55.97 mil. for kindergartens

MANILA -- The Philippine government has set aside 2.39 billion pesos (US$55.97 million) to implement the compulsory kindergarten course for children this coming school year, a senior government official said Thursday.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said that the fund, which will come from 2012 General Appropriations Act (GAA), will support the newly passed Republic Act 10157, also known as the Kindergarten Education Act.

"With the Kindergarten Education Act now in place, we can give more Filipino children a stronger foundation for scholastic excellence and achievement," he said.

Under the Kindergarten Education Act, Filipino children from five years old and above will be required to undergo and pass kindergarten before moving up to Grade 1. The execution of this law in all public schools will help young children buckle up properly before entering elementary education.

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