Government urged to suspend K to 12 program

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV is pushing for the suspension of the implementation of the K to 12 Program, pending resolutions to the current fundamental problems of the country's education system, as well as the projected problems it will encounter at the start of its scheduled implementation in 2016.

Trillanes said that the lack of classrooms and school materials, high student-teacher ratio, and low salary of teachers continue to plague the country's education system such that it is in the best interest of the country to suspend the K to 12 Program.

In addition, Trillanes said that the government is unprepared to tackle the threatened retrenchment of around 85,000 college professors and employees when the program commences in 2016.

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"The poor quality of the country’s education system will only be solved by first addressing these fundamental problems. Once we provide a conducive learning environment, it’s going to reflect on the student’s performance in school," Trillanes, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization, added.

Trillanes also scores the government's claim that they have already eradicated the classroom backlogs.

"That is not true. There are still a lot of schools, which continue to use makeshift classrooms, or take shifts in using classrooms just to accommodate their students. This situation would even worsen once two batches of students would be absorbed in addition to the four levels of high school that we have now. In terms of school materials, students continue to share with each other with the ratio of as high as four students per module. This number will definitely increase as the K to 12 Program commences in 2016," Trillanes said.

Trillanes further said the volunteer status of many Kindergarten teachers who earn only P3,000 per month. He, likewise, questions the inadequate training being provided for teachers, who sometimes shoulder the cost of their training, in preparation to the K to 12 implementation.

On the threatened retrenchment of college professors and employees, Trillanes said, "More than numbers, these are people who have families to support. The government should have anticipated this scenario when they pushed for this overly ambitious program."

Earlier, Trillanes opposed the passage of the K to 12 Law due to the same unresolved problems of the country's education system, which could dispute the good intention of the measure. (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)

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