Suspend K to 12 Alliance mounts protest rally at Liwasang Bonifacio


May 9, 2015





“The government is not prepared to implement a 12-year Basic Education Cycle mandated by the K to 12, as manifested by the actual insufficiency of classrooms, libraries, toilets and other facilities; textbooks, modules and other instructional materials; teachers, non-teaching staff, maintenance staff and other education sector personnel in the 10-year Basic Education Cycle. The government’s actual education budget in recent decades have never reached 4% of the GDP, while the global standard is pegged at 6% of the GDP, hence, the K to 12 program will be underfunded with predictably disastrous consequences.”
---- Mr. Benjamin Valbuena, ACT Chairperson




Are we prepared for the K-12?

April 8, 2015 9:19 pm

Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.


REPUBLIC Act No.10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act (EBEA) was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III in 2013. One of its guiding principles is making Filipino graduates “globally competitive” in order to serve the needs of a “globalized environment.” It also paved the way for lengthening the basic education program to a total of 12 years from the current 10-year program. Students will now graduate at around the age of 18 after passing through a year of compulsory kindergarten, six years of elementary education and another six years of secondary education.

Contained in the EBEA are several curricular changes such as the spiral progression approach, putting up career tracks as part of the senior high school system and the Mother Tongue Based – Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) approach. One can venture into senior high school system career tracks into the Academic track which includes the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) strand and the Technical-Vocational Track.

The idea behind the spiral progression approach is that it would impart knowledge in a less compact and more temporally distributed way. Complex concepts in the latter years would depend on the basic knowledge taught in the early years of education. Under the K-12 program, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth Sciences will be taught with increasing complexity as one moves up in the elementary and junior high school. The topics that will be discussed will change every quarter.

A student will choose a career track in senior high school (starting grade 11) which will determine the subjects a student will have to take for the last two years of his high school education. The choices are the Academic, Technical-Vocational-Livelihood, and Sports and Arts tracks. Within the Academic Track there are three further strands: Business, Accountancy and Management (BAM); Humanities, Education, Social Science (HESS); and Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM). There will also be a common core curriculum that will have to be taken by all senior high students.

The nationwide average of current year high school students in the National Achievement Test across six subject areas is below 50%. While the K-12 targets to improve this, the present capacity of schools to carry out the supposed inquiry-based approach could render any reform ineffective.

Teaching science in the more than 12,000 secondary schools in the Philippines has been a challenge especially with regard to the lack of scientific equipment in instruction. Data released by the DepEd in 2012 showed that out of 45,977 public elementary and secondary schools only 5,821 or 13% have a science laboratory despite multiple initiatives to address the need.

In a survey that we have done from September 2013 to June 2014 participated in by a total of 173 science teachers from selected public and private secondary and tertiary schools from Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Southern Mindanao shows that 23% of teachers do not have access to a laboratory and only 37% have access to a dedicated laboratory fit to what he/she is teaching.

Furthermore, access to modern instrumentation is limited to 33% of the respondents. For public high schools, 36% of the respondents do not have access to a laboratory, only 13% have access to modern instrumentation but only 4% of the respondents use it for learning activities.

The numbers are worse for public elementary schools where only 4.8% have their own science lab. Regional variations also reflect the uneven development between city and province. In NCR, roughly 42% of elementary schools have a science lab compared to a measly 2.3% for ARMM. Secondary schools fare better, with around 50% of secondary public schools nationwide having their own science lab.

One of the more basic objectives of ensuring scientific literacy (and thus the need for a solid science education for all) in a country is to produce citizens that are capable of adapting to a variety of situations and solving problems through scientific thinking. Our basic education program should instill a culture of scientific inquiry and an objective understanding of the world around us.

The problems of science and math education in the country are not detached from the overall problem of basic education and the Philippine society as a whole. Unless these fundamental problems, including the lack of teachers and facilities, commercialization and state neglect are addressed, science and math competencies of the Filipino children would keep on lagging behind our neighbors. This should also be tied to the needs of a domestic industrial economy.

Sadly, the lack of national industries only perpetuate the thinking that education is solely for the needs of the “global” players. Putting up domestic industries catering to local needs would create a demand for scientists, technologists and engineers that would stay in the country. Advanced industries generally require scientists and technologists with greater skills and expertise. Such a demand would spur further improvements in our science education programs and give us a better education program than what is being foisted upon us now.





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Convenors of the Suspend K to 12 Alliance who are leaders and members of different education institutions, organizations and unions nationwide have joined the family day today at the Liwasang Bonifacio. Our parents and students have also united with us in the call to Suspend the K to 12 program of the Aquino government.

“The government is not prepared to implement a 12-year Basic Education Cycle mandated by the K to 12, as manifested by the actual insufficiency of classrooms, libraries, toilets and other facilities; textbooks, modules and other instructional materials; teachers, non-teaching staff, maintenance staff and other education sector personnel in the 10-year Basic Education Cycle. The government’s actual education budget in recent decades have never reacehed 4% of the GDP, while the global standard is pegged at 6% of the GDP, hence, the K to 12 program will be underfunded with predictably disastrous consequences,” Mr. Benjamin Valbuena, ACT Chairperson declared.

Dr. David San Juan, De La Salle University professor and spokesperson of the Suspend K to 12 Alliance said, “The enactment of CHEd Memo No. 20, Series of 2013 which has trimmed down the college General Education Curriculum (GEC) and eventually cascaded subjects from college to senior high school, has led to the removal of vital subjects such as Filipino, Literature and Philippine Government and Constitution. There will also be massive displacement of professors, teachers and non-teaching personnel by 2016 when no one will enroll in the tertiary level; and beyond, once the slimmer GEC has become permanent. This would also mean that unions will automatically be busted.”

“The K to 12 Program has no nationalist orientation. Many courses – such as Housekeeping and Caregiving – in the senior high school curriculum are shockingly suitable only to overseas jobs, and/or beneficial only to foreign businesses – such as Medical Transcription and Contact Center Services, thus the K to 12 Program has no nationalist and pro-Filipino orientation, contrary to the requirements of Article XIV, Sections 2 and 3 of the Philippine Constitution. And besides, the K to 12 Program is not free. As per DepEd reports, only 60% of enrollees in senior high school could be accommodated in public schools. The remaining 40% will be obliged to go to private schools that will charge about P30,000 to P40,000 per school year. The government has proposed assistance in the amount of P17,5000 to P22,500 only. This means the student pays for the difference,” Ronnel Agoncillo, chairperson of the Student government of the Philippine Normal University and council member of ACT-Education Students manifested.

Mr. Benjamin Valbuena stated, “As proven by National Achievement Test (NAT) results in recents years, the over-all quality of education in the Philippines is bad and stagnant if not declining; thus to improve the quality of education, the government must prioritize the improvement of facilities and teacher training and increase the salaries of teachers and non-teaching personnel especially those in public schools, from  the measly Php[23,044 (Instructor 1 in state colleges and universities), Php 18,549 (Teacher 1 in DepEd schools), Php9,000 (typical entry-level salary of non-teaching staff) to Php26,878; Php25,000; and Php16,000 respectively, considering that a PMA cadet’s monthly salary is Php27,425.

“We therefore declare that the government should suspend the K to 12 program. Chapters of ACT nationwide are also participating in this activity in their respective regions,” Mr. Benjamin Valbuena concluded.#####.







08 May 2015


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Women’s partylist group Gabriela today joined parents, educators, and student groups in a press conference launching a signature campaign calling for the immediate suspension of the K-12 program before the school year starts.

 “The government is clearly ill-prepared and not enough consultations were held before the Department of Education put the K-12 program into full swing. It would be prudent for the Aquino government to at least suspend the K-12 program so that existing problems in the country’s basic educational system may sufficiently be addressed,” said Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan in a press conference.

Gabriela Women’s Party also filed House Resolution 2074 directing the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education to Conduct an Inquiry on the various issues surrounding the implementation of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013. The resolution cites classroom shortages as well as the displacement of some 80,000 college teachers and non-teaching staff as some of the problems have arisen with the K-12 program’s implementation.

Ilagan said that educators and stakeholders have long expressed the government’s lack of readiness in the implementation of the K-12 program even before President Aquino signed RA 10533, or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, into law last May 15, 2013.

“Minadali at hindi pinag-isipan ang implementasyon ng batas na ito. Parang hindi talaga pinag-isipan at ikinalburo. Ngayon sanga-sangang problema ang hatid nito. Prior to this the Aquino administration ordered schools to implement initial steps of the K+12 program at the open of classes last June 2012, when it had no legal basis. Now we are faced by problems brought about by its imprudent almost thoughtless implementation that lacked thorough consultations among stakeholders,” said Ilagan.

Rep. Emmi De Jesus who also joined parents and teachers in gathering signatures in Marikina communities said, "Animo delubyo ang K-to-12 para sa mga pamilya at empleyado, ipinapatupad nang walang bagong classrooms, walang suplay ng libro, at walang dagdag na guro. Dahil walang pampublikong silid para sa senior high school, ipapasok ang mga estudyante sa private schools kung saan ang matrikula bawat taon ay hanggang P30,000. Ang solusyon umano ayon sa DepEd ay may vouchers ito na hanggang 80 porsyento lang ang bibigyan ng subsidyo at depende pa kung mag-qualify ang aplikante.” # 





08 Mayo 2015


Reference: Kharlo Manano, Secretary-General, 263-7789 / 0922-295-3513


Programang K12 kailangan nang i-suspende, ngayon na!


“Malinaw na isasabak ang mga mag-aaral sa isang programa na hindi naman lubusang pinaghandaan. Kinabukasan at kapakanan nila ang inilalagay sa alanganin. Napakaraming dahilan kung bakit kailangang itigil ang pagpapatupad ng programang K-12 subalit sadyang nagbubulag-bulagan at nagbibingi-bingihan ang administrasyong Aquino sa hinaing ng mamamayan,” pahayag ni Kharlo Manano, pangkalahatang-kalihim ng Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns.


Sa isang public forum na isinagawa sa Maynila upang ilunsad ang Parents’ Movement Against K-12, kinundena rin ng grupo ang pahayag ni DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro na handa ang kagawaran sa pagsisimula ng senior high school kung kaya’t hindi na dapat pang suspendehin ang programa. “Puro buladas ng kasinungalingan ang lumalabas sa bibig ni Sec. Luistro maipagtanggol lang ang K-12. Mismong mga regional offices ng DepEd tulad ng Cebu ang sumasalungat sa kanyang pahayag. Hindi na tayo lalayo, dito lang sa NCR, mayorya ng mga eskwelahan ay hindi handa mula sa mga pasilidad hanggang sa kasanayan ng mga guro na ituro ang kurikulum ng senior high school”, pagdidiin ni Manano.


Ayon sa grupo, hindi na bago sa ahensya ang pagsisinungaling. Noong nakaraang taon, buong pagmamayabang na inanunsyo ng DepEd na naresolba na ang mga classroom shortages sa buong bansa subalit tumambad sa mismong araw ng pasukan ang siksikan at kulang na mga silid-aralan.


Kasabay ng presscon, nagsagawa din ang grupo, kasama ang Gabriela Women’s Partylist-Olandes Chapter, ng isang signature drive sa Marikina Tower Clock Plaza. Bahagi ito ng manila-wide petition signing na isinusulong ng Parents’ Movement Against K-12 na naglalayong mangalap ng suporta para itulak ang pagsuspendi sa naturang programa. Idinaan sa pagsayaw at noise barrage ng mga nanay, estudyante at mga child rights advocates ang kanilang mariing pagtutol sa K-12.


Isa sa mga pumirma si nanay Gloria Austria. Aniya, “Kalbaryo na nga ang pagpapa-aral sa dalawa kong anak kahit noong wala pa ang K-12, dinagdagan pa ng dalawang taon! Maliit lamang ang kinikita ko mula sa paglalabada, tiyak dagdag-pahirap lang ito sakin bilang magulang na walang regular na trabaho at maliit ang sinasahod!”


Maliban sa dagdag pahirap ang K-12 sa mga magulang, hindi nakakatulong sa pagpapaunlad ng mga estudyante ang K-12. “Kung ang dekalidad na edukasyon sa kanilang tingin ay ang pagdadagdag ng dalawang taon, nagkakamali sila. Paano kami lubos na matututo kung kahit ang aming mga guro ay hindi nabibigyan ng mga pagsasanay? Gagradweyt daw kami sa programang ito at makakapagtrabaho agad, pero mga trabaho naman na dadalhin kami sa ibang bansa. Kami raw ay pag-asa ng bayan, pero pinag-aaral kami para mangibang-bayan,” wika ni Barachiel Morcilla, isang Grade 8 student.


Plano ng Salinlahi na iikot ang pagpapapirma ng petisyon sa ibat-ibang paaralan at komunidad sa buong Kamaynilaan. Ang mga nakalap na pirma ay idudulog sa DepEd at iba pang ahensya.


“Hinihikayat namin ang lahat ng mga magulang, estudyante, mga guro at lahat ng mamamayan na makiisa at pumirma sa petisyong ito na umiiikot sa kanilang mga komunidad at paaralan. Sa pamamagitan ng nito, maipapakita natin ang ating pagkakaisa para tutulan ang programang K12. Hindi tayo titigil sa pangangalampag sa DepEd at kay pangulong Aquino hangga’t hindi nila ipinatitigil ang programang ito.”, pagtatapos ni Manano. ###



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