Teachers urge Senate to suspend K-12 program*
The Department of Education (DepEd) is doing everything and asking the support of everyone, except the teachers, to pursue the implementation of K-12 program. The DepEd management seems to prove that teachers’ opinion on the matter is not that important, while the program would be very much dependent upon them. The teachers, since the conception of this plan were not genuinely consulted and as the program progresses, teachers were just asked to attend live-in mass trainings and ordered to advocate K-12 to the parents, children and their communities. Poor teachers who are the frontline implementors of this supposed reforms were treated as though they are foot soldiers who must just obey and never complain.’
In reality, teachers and other education workers, even some officials are apprehensive if not totally opposed to the program. The K-12, which is now on its fourth year of implementation, is still in trial stage, definitely, the Filipino children and their future should not be put in trial and error.
The public and the government should not be blinded by reports of success coming from the field, because the reality remains, Philippine education is in a sorry state. There is a shortage of practically everything- seats, classrooms, water and sanitation facilities and enough competent teachers.
The Kindergarten program which is the very foundation of the K-12 is very weak, with many teachers hired in contract of service and paid only P3000 per month.
There is an imminent shortage in teachers, specifically those with special trainings for Senior High School program which will be offered in all incoming Grade 11 students by school year 2016-2017 in terms of teachers, especially in kindergarten and eventually in senior high school which will be opened in 2016. While the DepEd says that system is going to hire teachers from college, what would be the assurance that the 80, 000 teachers and employees will be absorbed?
Thus, we are convinced that the program should be halted. The implementation of this law should be suspended and we make this appeal to the honorable members of Senate. Again, we urge the Aquino administration to review the K-12 law and consider the government’s capacity and political will in further implementing this program.
The suspension of K-12, specifically its senior high school program next year would give way to a more participatory discussion that would involve all the stakeholders- teachers, parents, students and ordinary citizens. After all, education is about the future of the nation- the entire nation and not just the so called experts in education.
*TDC statement to be submitted submitted to the Senate Committee on education hearing on K-12, May 5, 2015, 10:00AM
Benjo Basas, Chairperson- 09205740241 (currently in Palarong Pambansa in Davao)
Emmalyn Policarpio, Secretary-General (attending the Senate Committee on Education Hearing)
May 4, 2015
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