Lawmaker, group hit implementation of K to 12 program

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MANILA, Philippines – The motive behind the K to 12 program is good but we need adequate funding and training for teachers, a lawmaker said in an interview over Radyo Inquirer on Monday.

Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Party-list Representative Antonio Tinio said the government was still unprepared for the full implementation of the program, citing the government’s measly budget, classroom shortages, and lack of trained teachers.

“Lilikha lang ng mga bagong problema ang pagpapatupad ng K to 12 (the implementation of K to 12 program will only generate new problems),” he said.

Tinio said the lack of classrooms has long been a problem of the system and adding kindergarten or K component of the program would only mean additional 1.6 million enrollees and additional 25,000 classrooms.

The program , he said, would also entail the need for 20,000 more kindergarten teachers.

Tinio said the DepEd tried to solve the problem by hiring contractual teachers, but these teachers were only paid P3, 000 to P6,000 a month with no additional benefits and allowances.

Aside from these problems, teachers, particularly those who were going to teach grade 1 and grade 7 pupils, lack the training needed as they were only given five days training last summer, the lawmaker said.

“Kaya may mga nag-raise ng concerns na hindi pa sila handa, dahil may tanong daw galing sa mga trainer na hindi nila masagot (There were others who raised concerns that teachers were not yet ready as they were not able to answer questions by their trainers),” said Tinio.

He said some also raised concerns that the modules and instructional materials were not yet given to the teachers.

“Ito yung mga ilang indikasyon na hindi pa sila handa (These are some of the indications that they are not yet ready),” Tinio added.

Kabataan Partylist group also criticized the program, saying Congress has yet to pass a bill on it.

Since there is no law yet to support the levels of education under the K to 12 program, elementary and secondary levels should remain as stated in the Education Act of 1982, the group said in a separate interview over Radyo Inquirer.

The group expressed concern for parents and students who are forced to follow the program and urged the government to instead pay attention to other more pressing problems of the education system such as the lack of facilities and teachers, among others.

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  • $5699914

    Eh Congressman, mula sa pork ninyo, nagpagawa ba kayo ng gusali para maging silid-aralan o kaya tumulong ba naman kayo upang makapagdagdag ng guro man lang para mabawasan ang problema?
    Sa tingin ko WALA.
    Pulos lang kayo ngawngaw, puna, batikos pero ngayong naka-upo na kayo, wala rin kayong ginagawa para matugunan ang problema.


    I trust PNoy more than you tinio. Just support this and surely it will be better in 3 years time.

  • Anthony

    kung kelan implemented na saka kayo nag-voice out ng inyong concern. tsaka di naman maiiwasan na magkaroon ng adjustments even problems para sa isang bagong program. being a representative especially for the Education sector, siguro mas makaka-buti sa lahat kung tutulong din kayo na mai-ayos ang mga problema kesa sa mag-point out lang ng mga ito. 


    • farmerpo

       Well said, Sir. Kelan pa kung hindi ngayon. We are never ready untl we are ready. 

  • villie

    if it is not in the constitution, therefore, it is un-constitutional…are we going to teach our children of how to violate our constitution??? what kind of a school who will implement an un-constitutional curriculum????where are the DepEd people sense of responsibility??? they’re suppose to teach out children the value of obeying the law, and here those people who are suppose to teach our children the values are the one setting a bad example…

    • $5699914

       You started by giving the benefit of the doubt to the implementation of K-12 by DepEd, then you ended your comment with a distinct belief that what you think is already the truth.
      You’re trying to sound concern but in truth, you just want to hit DepEd and make this K-12 not to succeed.

  • rucever

    Correct kayo dyan. Mga tongressman na ito puro ngawngaw!

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