K to 12 is here to stay
T IS the goal of the K to 12 Curriculum of the Department of Education to develop and enhance the knowledge, skills, attitude and values of the graduates and to prepare them to be ready to the four exits of the said program namely, work, further training, entrepreneurship and college education.
While CHED is planning to review and change the system for its K to 12 Transition Program, it should not be misinterpreted as a plan to scrap it. I am publishing here in toto the Department of Education official statement on the alleged plan to repeal K to 12 Program. Here it is:
Sentiments and questions on social media pertaining to the supposed plan to scrap the K to 12 Basic Education Program are clearly based on misinformation and lack of critical discernment.
The claims circulating online came after news of the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) plan to “review and change” the system for its K to 12 Transition Program was misconstrued to mean the implementation of the entire K to 12 Program. These two are not one and the same.
The implementation of the K to 12 Program has seen numerous gains for the basic education system, which include the initial results of the Senior High School (SHS) Program surpassing expectations in enrollment and transition rates and in providing free or highly subsidized SHS education to more than 2.7 million learners in public and private schools two years after the SHS Program implementation.
It is also important to remind the public that the Department of Education’s (Deped) implementation of the K to 12 Program is mandated by law, under Republic Act No. 10533, otherwise known as the “Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013.”
Therefore, Deped, as an executive arm of the government, cannot arbitrarily discontinue the Program. As with any law, the implementation, amendment, expansion, or repeal of the K to 12 Program is within the ambit of the legislative branch of the government comprised of the Senate of the Philippines and the House of Representatives.
Nevertheless, the Department maintains its stand that the K to 12 Program is a prompt necessity that pushing it back might prove detrimental to the accelerating and increasing demands on education. The challenges still abound but the support of the national and local government, and of stakeholders in the private sector and the community, has been overwhelming that it silences doubts and strengthens the resolve to move forward with change today.
Lastly, Deped calls on the public to make a habit of consulting the official website and social media accounts of the Department before spreading assertions and engaging discussions on its policies, programs, and projects that may influence the opinion, decision, or action of our primary stakeholders - our learners.
This Corner hopes that with this statement released by Deped, everybody will be clarified that CHED is only reviewing their K to 12 Transition Program and Deped is not scrapping the K to 12 Curriculum.* I
N time for the opening of classes, we again ask the Department of Education for a meeting to discuss several concerns of public school teachers. We believe that the opening of classes is the best time to talk about the concerns of teachers because of the huge public attention thrown into the education sector. Thus, the group hopes that teachers and Deped may finally agree on matters that they have initially discussed in the past engagements.
In our formal request, we again presented the issues, some of which have supposedly reached conclusion last year following the pronouncements from the Office of the Secretary, especially those pertaining to the medical benefits, working hours and hiring of non-teaching personnel. We reiterate that the following concerns are practical, doable and within the authority of the Secretary:
1. Immediately suspend the implementation of RPMS (results-based performance management system) and call for the widest consultation possible;
2. Put a halt on the implementation of Deped Order No. 42 or the use of Daily Lesson Log (DLL) and Detailed Lesson Plan (DLP) and revert to simplified lesson preparations;
3. Stop rampant class observations and leave the teachers in their usual teaching tasks;
4. Prohibit Saturday classes and required meetings during weekends;
5. Fully implement the six-hour workday nationwide with uniformity based on existing rules;
6. Hire non-teaching personnel that will accomplish clerical tasks; and
7. Provide health benefits and privilege leave for teachers within the school year
As to the strategic agenda, or those that need executive or legislative actions, we further solicit the support of the Deped, which according to them is very crucial.
1. Grant of salary increase for public school teachers as promised by President Duterte himself;
2. Cancellation of anomalous and unjust policies of the GSIS or setting-up a separate system for public school teachers and Deped employees; and
3. Allocation of funds to fully implement the welfare provisions of the 53-year old Magna Carta for Public School Teachers
Our teachers play a crucial role in the delivery of education service to every Filipino children. And we believe that if they are provided with the needed assistance and their welfare concerns are being addressed, they can enhance the teaching and accomplish every task with passion, enthusiasm and dedication.
We anticipate a positive response from the Secretary./by
Benjo Basas, National Chair, Teachers Dignity Coalition