Suspend K12: group to gov’t

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Thursday, August 21, 2014


REP. Antonio Tinio of ACT Teachers Party-list yesterday said the administration of President Benigno Aquino III must listen to the call of teachers, students and parents nationwide for the suspension of the K to 12 (K12) program because the government is not yet ready to implement it.

In a press conference, Tinio said he believes that K12 is good, but it is bound to fail if the government implements it now due to the lack of classrooms and teaching materials, low salary of teachers, and the displacement of hundreds of tertiary level teachers and non-teaching personnel.

“That’s why we’re only for the suspension of the K12 program so President Aquino and the government’s education planners can review it,” Tinio said.

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‘Not yet ready’

The congressman said contrary to the announcement of Aquino and Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro that K12 will provide a good future to the youth, the program will only cause suffering among teachers, parents and students.

“How can you implement a program when the implementor is not yet ready and there is shortage crisis?” Tinio said.

Antonio Lim, president of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) 7, said students and parents of the Abellana National School (ANS) blamed the teachers for implementing K12.

“When they realized that the teachers are also against it, the parents and students are now preparing a petition for the government to stop it”, Lim said.

Lim said Aquino announced to the public that with K12, the Philippine can compete
globally.

“How can we compete with other nations when under K12, we are still using chalk, Manila papers and other manual teaching materials? The worse is that we are spending for these teaching materials because the government failed to release our allowance,” Lim said.

Investigation sought

According to the ACT leaders, records at DepEd central office showed that their P1,000
allowance for teaching materials were released to schools superintendents.

However, the 39,066 public school teachers in Region 7 who are supposed to receive a total of P39.066 million failed to get their share.

“I am calling the DepEd authorities in Central Visayas to investigate… DepEd central office already released the money but the teachers did not receive it”, Tinio said.

Phoebe Zoe Umbay Sanchez said officials and members of ACT in state universities and colleges are preparing for an assembly of educators to launch a campaign to suspend or abolish K12.

Sanchez believes that if the Aquino administration will just listen to the teachers, parents and students, it will suspend the implementation of the program.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 22, 2014.

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