THE Department of Education (DepEd) welcomes the plan of the House of Representatives to review the effectiveness of the K to 12 Basic Education Program.
On Sunday, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said that the Lower House agrees that the K to 12 Program has to be reviewed to identify its achievements and challenges since its implementation in S.Y. 2012-2013.
Congress and DepEd have worked closely together since the previous budget hearings to address the issues of the K to 12 Program. A dedicated review session will provide an appropriate venue to comprehensively discuss concerns about the Program and plot out corresponding solutions.
With an additional P650 million in the proposed 2020 budget specifically for the improvement of the 12-year basic education program, DepEd commits to coordinate and collaborate with the members of the Congress in strategizing effective implementation of the Program in adherence to Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 for the benefit of the learners.
Likewise, DepEd hopes the outcome of the review will spur renewed commitment and initiatives among lawmakers, advocates, and other stakeholders to help realize the K to 12 program’s overall goal – hone holistically developed Filipino learners with 21st century skills.
Review okay – Palace
Malacañang will not stop a review of the K to 12 or 12-year basic education program.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this after Speaker Cayetano said on Sunday that they would review the effectiveness of the K-12, citing that “the House [is] of the consensus that K-12 is not living up to its promise.”
Sought for comment, Panelo said, “We will leave it to the wisdom of Congress.”
In a speech at San Beda University’s commencement exercises last year, President Rodrigo Duterte said that his daughter, Veronica, doesn’t want the K-12 and had asked him to scrap the program.
However, in his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, 2017, Duterte affirmed his commitment to implement the K-12.
“We have sustained investments in higher education and committed to the full implementation of the K to 12 basic [education] program,” he said.
The Department of Education has a proposed budget of P551.7 billion for 2020, P650 million of which is allocated for the K to 12.