Friday, September 24, 2021

Coloma asks critics: Give K+12 a chance

DESPITE several complaints from the academic sector, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma said issues on the K+12 are just transitory effects.

He called on the administrators of higher educational institutions (HEI) to evaluate the concrete effects of the new system before complaining.

He said HEIs teachers and owners should not only think of their financial losses but must also consider the future of children in terms of education. He said there must be a change now and not later.

“Looking at the 2013 budget, for instance, malaki–laki naman po ang idinagdag sa budget ng state colleges and universities, but moving forward, we just have to take into account that it is a strategic move on the part of our country in order to increase our competitiveness in the global economy,” the secretary stressed.

Coloma said if the Philippines will discontinue the K+12 program, the country will be left behind. Before the new system, he said the Philippines was among the three countries with less than 12 years of basic education.

He said the program’s effects on higher education institutions are just “transitory issues” citizens have to face for a better and improved educational situation.

“We really need to implement K+12 if we are into development. The HEIs should understand not just only their financial well – being but the more important is the strategic essence of the K+12 Law,” Coloma said.

Coloma added, “We are reforming our basic education system so that our graduates will become better qualified, more capable and more competitive in the global economy.”

But educators of universities and colleges are also questioning the ability of high school teachers in teaching the basic college subjects to incoming college students.

“There are preparations which Ched (Commission on Higher Education) and DepEd are doing for the teachers to be ready in teaching the basic college subjects to high schools. This is to make sure that they will be competent and qualified teachers for the new system. Teachers’ training is an important aspect of the preparation,” Coloma answered.

Moreover, possible increase of drop–outs is also being seen as one of the effects of the new system. But the Secretary said there are alternative learning and non – formal systems which could address this problem.

“We can address this with the help of pro–active government officials along with the DepEd officials,” he said.
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