SC up­holds K-12 pro­gram’s con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity

The Freeman - - NATION -

MANILA, Philip­pines — The Supreme Court has junked pe­ti­tions ques­tion­ing the le­gal­ity of the gov­ern­ment’s K-12 pro­gram, which adds two years to the se­condary ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum.

In a 94-page de­ci­sion penned by As­so­ciate Jus­tice Al­fredo Ben­jamin Caguioa, the SC de­clared as con­sti­tu­tional Repub­lic Act 10533 or the En­hanced Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Act of 2013.

The high tri­bunal also up­held the le­gal­ity of Repub­lic Act 10157 or the Kinder­garten Law, which states that all chil­dren from age five will have to un­dergo kinder­garten, now con­sid­ered manda­tory be­fore for­mal ed­u­ca­tion.

In deny­ing the pe­ti­tions, the SC said the K-12 law was “validly en­acted.”

“The Court, de­spite its vast pow­ers, will not re­view the wis­dom, mer­its, or pro­pri­ety of gov­ern­men­tal poli­cies, but will strike them down only on ei­ther of two grounds: (1) un­con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity or il­le­gal­ity and/or (2) grave abuse of dis­cre­tion,” the SC’s de­ci­sion read in part.

“For hav­ing failed to show any of the above in the pas­sage of the as­sailed law and the de­part­ment is­suances, the pe­ti­tion­ers' rem­edy thus lies not with the Court, but with the ex­ec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive branches of the gov­ern­ment,” it added.

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