Alan Peter Cayetano, Speaker of the House of Representatives, disclosed the Congress’ proposal to review the Department of Education’s K to 12 basic education program as there are doubts about its effectiveness.
“We in the House are of the consensus that K-12 is not living up to its promise, which is after you finish senior high school, you don’t have to go to college. You gain skills to be employed,” Cayetano said.
Issues to be addressed
“Many schools still lack equipment, whether it is automotive, electrical or sports. So there are issues that we have to address,” he added.
Among the issues to be addressed is the willingness of companies to hire the K to 12 graduates. Some companies still prefer hiring college graduates or applicants who have completed at least two years of college.
DepEd welcomes review of K to 12
Meanwhile, the DepEd issued a statement on Monday, expressing its willingness to work with Congress in order to improve the implementation of the program.
“With an additional P650 million in the proposed 2020 budget, specifically for the improvement of the 12-year basic education program, the DepEd commits to coordinate and collaborate with the members of Congress in strategizing the effective implementation of the program in adherence to Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 for the benefit of the learners, ” it said.
“Likewise, the DepEd hopes the outcome of the review will spur renewed commitment and initiatives among lawmakers, advocates and other stakeholders in aid of realizing the K-12 program’s overall goal: hone holistically developed Filipino learners with 21st century skills.”
The DepEd is allocated P551.7 billion in the proposed 2020 budget while the House added P850 million more, P650 million of which is specifically allocated for the DepEd’s basic education program.
Two more years in high school
The K to 12 program has transformed the basic education program from ten to twelve years, which includes kindergarten, six years of primary education, four years of junior high school, and two years of senior high school.
With the aim to equip learners with the necessary skills for college or employment after high school, three tracks are offered to learners such as the Academic, Technical-Vocational-Livelihood, and Sports and Arts.
There were misgivings about the program since then. Opponents believed that public schools lack the logistics while some parents thought that it is just an additional expense, a burden to poor Filipinos.
The K to 12 program was signed into law on May 15, 2013, by then President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.
Source: The Philippine Star