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[Press Release] Bleak future for K-12 predicted -TDC


Bleak future for K-12 predicted

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“If we are going to predict the K-12 implementation through the first week of school year 2013-2014, we can easily conclude that there would be a bleak future for the education sector.” Benjo Basas, national chairperson of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) said Monday.

The TDC said that while they agree that this year’s school opening is generally orderly, it doesn’t hide the fact that the government needs to address the basic requirements for a successful implementation of its flagship program.

While the DepEd boasts of a record-high recruitment of teachers numbering to more than 60, 000 this year, TDC said that it will not essentially lessen the teacher to student ratio in actual classroom situation. “Let us also remind the DepEd that there are still those volunteers and locally paid teachers all over the country who are tasked to perform the same workload as their nationally-paid counterparts but are paid much lesser.” Basas said.

The group is opposed to the K-12 program since the Aquino administration publicly stated its plan to expand the basic education system in 2010. “Education must be prioritized in budgeting and the welfare of the teachers should be in paramount consideration. The K-12 is now a law, thus the government is also mandated to provide all the necessities of the program.”

Basas noted that while the Department of Education (DepEd) claimed that it has closed the gaps in shortages of books and chairs, it is very evident that many schools lack chairs and has no provision of books. “Many students as evidenced by the news reports and our observations in the field were forced to sit on the floor, others brought their own chairs or mats.” Basas recalled.

The shortage in books is yet to be observed since books are released to students several weeks after the school opening. “But we are sure that in some subject areas, like in Filipino, there is no provision of books for a decade now. The teachers produce their own reading materials for their students. The distribution of learning materials to respective schools should have been finished before the school year opens, because we are now in the second year of implementing K-12.” Basas continued.

The DepEd earlier said it would soon deliver the learning packages to students and teachers as alternative to textbooks.

Lack of classrooms, toilets and other facilities such as computers and libraries are also noted during the first week.

“These perennial problems which again surfaced during the first week of new school year show that the government’s fund for education sector is not even enough to operate the 10-year program, yet it pushed for a more expensive K-12 program unprepared.” Basas ended.

The TDC will join forces with other stakeholders and the members of the civil to mount campaign for greater government subsidy on public education.

Reference: Benjo Basas, Chairperson– 02-3853437/ 09205740241

June 10, 2013

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[In the news] Teachers, classrooms lack to meet new school year -Cebu Daily News

Teachers, classrooms lack to meet new school year.

Cebu Daily News
May 20, 2012

The Department of Education in Mandaue City needs more classrooms and additional teachers for school year 2012-2013.

Aside from the anticipated transfer of students from private schools to public schools due to rising tuition, the Department of Education (DepEd) city division also prepares for the full implementation of DepEd’s K to 12 this coming June.

Benjamin Tiongzon, the administrator of DepEd in Mandaue City said their division office is expecting a five percent increase in the number of students in the elementary level and a three percent increase in the number of students in the high school level this coming June.

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[In the news] National Youth Commission calls for transparency in tuition hikes -GMA News

National Youth Commission calls for transparency in tuition hikes
March 3, 2012

Schools and universities should be transparent and disclose the tuition and other fees they will charge for the coming school year, the National Youth Commission said.

NYC Chairman Leon Flores III made the call amid reports some schools are applying for tuition increases with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

“We don’t want to go over with what happened last year when dubious fees (arose) to gain kickbacks from students,” Flores said, according to an article on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news site.

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[Press Release] Teachers ask DEPED to declare semestral break for teachers

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) has formally asked the Department Of Education (DepEd) to clarify a certain content of a DepEd Order on the calendar of school activities for school year 2011-2012, particularly the dates provided for the semestral break in schools.

In a letter dated October 21, Benjo Basas, the group’s chairperson said, “We would like to commend the order for specifically providing the number of school days- actual learning and the buffer days to be used in school activities- for this school year. It further institutionalizes the extra-curricular activities which are important elements of the learner’s holistic development.”

DepEd Order No. 28, s. 2011 enjoined the public elementary and secondary schools to strictly observe the 180 non-negotiable teaching and learning days. It further gives a total of 22 buffer days that may be spent for examinations, contests, activities, national and regional holidays and even class suspensions due to natural calamities and disasters.

“However,” Basas furthered “it did not particularly mention the holding of the school-based in-service training (INSET) that traditionally held during the semestral break. In our understanding, the semestral break which falls from October 26 to 31 means also a week-long vacation for us teachers.”

According to Basas, their office has been receiving information that teachers in many areas are required to report for duty during the semestral break while others will be having their INSET.

“We appeal to the Secretary and the field officials of the DepEd to grant us this vacation which actually will be used to accomplish our periodic tasks for second quarter like test results and students’ grades.” Basas ended.

The TDC further argued that there is no need to report to school because students are all in vacation beginning October 26 up to November 2. #

For details:
Benjo Basas, TDC Chairperson 0920-5740241/385-3437

[Press Release] Teachers support OPLAN BALIK-ESKWELA – Teachers Dignity Coalition

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) once again expressed its full support for Oplan Balik Eskuwela (OBE) this year. OBE is a DepEd-initiated multi-sectoral program to prepare for the opening of school year.

“As teachers, we are always enthusiastic about the school opening, despite the backlogs in resources, which has been a perennial issue in the education sector.” Said Benjo Basas, the group’s chairperson and a teacher from Baesa High School in Caloocan City.

Last week, the group also called on all its members to actively participate in the Brigada Eskuwela by mobilizing the people and organizations in their respective school communities.

“While we are critical in some of the government’s education policies, especially in its budget, we would never deprive the Filipino youth of their fundamental rights to free education.” Basas added. “As educators, we are in full support to the effort of the Department of Education (DepEd) in achieving the EFA (Education for All) goals.” He continued.

Earlier the group challenged the Aquino administration to seriously consider the resource shortages in public education system before the implementation programs like the 12-year basic education cycle.

“Based on the president’s legislative agenda, the only education proposal he considered urgent is the expansion of our basic education system from 10 to 12 years. This was also mentioned in his first SONA. However, even this particular proposal was not considered in the budget for 2011.” Basas lamented.

The group criticized the government for its failure to allot funding for the universal kindergarten program, which they said is badly needed to improve the quality of education.

“Kindergarten system which is an essential part of the K+12 program will be implemented starting June of this year, but without adequate state subsidy. This is ironic, a flagship program which was never considered in government funding.” He explained.

The TDC also called for a better compensation package for public school teachers.

“We anticipate a good leadership from P-Noy, thus we challenged him to seriously consider teachers’ compensation- both monetary and non-monetary. The salary must be at par with the rest of the world- where teaching is regarded as the most important job and the noblest of all profession. Aside from this, teachers must also be given non-wage incentives like medical care, decent housing, education for their children and tax incentives. If the government wants to resolve the problems of the society, fixing education system would be a good start” Basas ended.

On June 5, 2011, the group will hold a nationally-coordinated activity to symbolize the readiness of teachers in coming school year and to remind the president that the teachers and educators must be prioritized. The highlight of the activity will be a bicycle ride from UP Diliman to Quezon City Circle which they said is inspired by the president recent bike ride in QCMC. #

For details:
Benjo Basas, Chairperson 0920-5740241/ 3853437

[Press Release] Teachers call for a wider consultation on DEPED’s 12-year program – Teachers Dignity Coalition


The Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) remains critical of the 12-year basic education program of the Aquino administration despite announcement from the Department of Education (DepEd) that the program will be implemented this school year.

“We are not convinced that this program will succeed. The DepEd should first persuade the legislature and the president to allocate more funds in education sector. The backlog on resource shortages should be addressed first before we talk about this ambitious program” said Emmalyn Policarpio, an elementary school teacher in Valenzuela and the group’s spokesperson.

The group calls for a wider and genuine public consultation especially with the parents, students and teachers who will be directly affected by the program.

“We believe that the DepEd has good intentions in pushing for this initiative, however, we would not agree that this ambitious program will work in the kind of situation we have in our public school.” Policarpio ended.

For details:
Emmalyn Policarpio, Spokesperson               0908-9933045