The newly-formed education sector party, Ating Guro slams Malacañang today for deliberate disregard of the basic requirements for a successful implementation of the K-12 program, Aquino administration’s flagship program for education sector.
Prof. Rene C. Romero, a retired professor of Philippine Normal University (PNU) who is also the honorary president of Ating Guro criticized the K-12 program which according to him “is not the proper response” if the government is sincere enough in addressing the initial issues of high drop-out rate and the deteriorating quality of education especially in public schools.
Romero who spent four decades teaching at the country’s premiere teacher-training institution believes that “the perennial shortages in classrooms, teachers, books and other facilities should be addressed first by providing budgetary support of at least 50% of the current budget.”
Arsenio Jallorina, the party’s chairman says the implementation of K-12 for this year is haphazard.
“Based on our consultation in the field, even some of the field officials of the department are not convinced or at least do not have enough knowledge of the program. How could this project be successful if the implementers themselves do not support it?” Asks Jallorina.
Jallorina furthered “This program is set to change the decades-old system of public education and we should not do it abruptly. The system should be prepared so as not to sacrifice the welfare of teachers.”
Jallorina also expresses doubt over the reported result of SWS survey conducted last March that says 65% of respondents approve the K-12 program. “We are also doing our own survey and it reveals that most of the direct stakeholders- the teachers, parents and students are not convinced with this ambitious program.”
Ildefonso Enguerra, TDC-NCR Chair and teacher from Roxas High School in Manila echoed the sentiments of the group. He agreed that the DepEd is not prepared to launch the K-12 program and it was revealed during the opening of classes. He particularly cited report of DepEd that says that the book to student ratio for this school year has reached 1:1 level.
Enguerra says that “there are books that released to students and teachers but those books do not fit the desired learning competencies under the curriculum.” Other subjects like Filipino has no textbooks at all and the module or instructional materials for Grades 1 and 7 provided by the DepEd are for the 1st two quarters only.”
The groups again appeal to Malacañang to consider postponement of the program and initiate a wide consultation that would include the stakeholders or elevate the matter to a national debate. #
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June 19, 2012
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