K to 12 education reform bill passed on 3rd, final reading in House

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MANILA, Philippines—The Aquino administration’s basic education reform initiative, which requires additional school years, is closer to becoming permanent after the House of Representatives passed on third and final reading the bill that would institutionalize the Kto12 program.

But the bill did not pass without dire warnings from its opponents in the House, who doubted the capability of the Department of Education, saddled with an inadequate budget and problems with facilities, to provide resources for the additional years of schooling would entail.

The House, mustering a quorum after a week plagued with absenteeism, voted 198-8 to approve the measure on Monday night.

Under the K to 12 program, students would have to take kindergarten classes before entering elementary, and would get an additional two years of senior high school. They could also get a technical-vocational education or be trained in the arts, sports, or music. This is intended to make high school graduates employable.

The Aquino administration began implementing the program this year even without an implementing law. The senior high school classes would begin in 2016.

Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan said that while she was not arguing with the objective of improving quality education, she could not completely support the curriculum’s focus on responding to the needs of the labor market.  Ilagan said such focus would have nothing to do with educating the young and imparting scientific knowledge so they could help in industrializing the economy but would have everything to do with simply servicing the needs of foreign investors.

She also said the DepEd’s budget would not be enough even for education facilities and other needs.

“The program is doomed to fail because the department itself is not ready to implement this,” she said, adding that it would be an added burden to parents.

Davao Oriental Rep. Thelma Almario also raised concerns over whether the current educational system could handle all the demands of the K to 12 program.

Kabataan Rep. Raymond Palatino insisted that the government pilot-test the “ambitious” K to 12 system before institutionalizing it. He also said the DepEd”s ill preparedness would affect the learning process of students.

“We are passing a bill concerned with the formative years of our children without waiting for a conclusive evaluation of the curriculum and its effects,” he said in a separate statement.

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  • UrHONOR

    TATLONG taon na lang….makaka-gradweyt na din si Bantay.  Katatapos lang kasi nya ng K-9, kaya 3 more years na lang!

  • No Mind

    ganyan talaga sa umpisa, natural medyo mahirap, kulang budget, ang mahalaga eh me pagbabago at nakakahabol po tayo sa trend ng globalisasyon. anumang bansa na mahuhuli sa pagbabago ng mundo ay seguradong mahihirapan lalo sa paghahanap ng trabaho sa abroad. we need to qualify. seguro sa mga programang ganyan ay may paglalaanan na tayo ng pondo natin. di yung inilalaan ang pondo ng gobyerno sa pangungurakot.

  • 19KaraniwangTao72

    Eh ang dapat po palang sumalang sa “K to 12 Program” ay di lamang po ang pamunuan ng DepEd, dapat po pala pati ang nagsabatas po nito ang ang mga kongresista na pabor po dito.

    Hindi po nyo kailan man naiintindihan ang kapakanan ng mga mahihirap. Kapag ang pag-aaral po ay mas matagal, mas magiging malaking pasanin sa mga magulang mula sa middle class. Higit na darami ang hindi na makapagtatapos ng pag-aaral o tutungkol man lang sa “Senior High school”.

    Bakit po natin subukan na kunin ang serbisyo ng mga namumuno at mga guro sa mga private schools tulad ng UST, La Salle etc. at sila po ang manuno sa DepEd at ang mga guro naman ay sila ang magtuturo sa mga pampublikong paaralan. Siguradong tataas ang kalidad ng edukasyon at di kailangang dagdagan ang taon sa pag-aaral.

    Maawa po kyo sa aming hirap na hirap mag-paaral sa mga pampublikong paaralan. Di po kami tulad ng PULITIKO na maraming pinagkukunan ng PERA na pinagpapa-aral sa kanilang mga anak.

    TESTING PO MUNA NATIN ….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PAXYC4MCDDVYMG2PDHE5BIUD7U Joseph stahlin

      1972 ..good morning . ang hirap.ano po?.  toto o nga naman ..sana huwag magagalit ang mga titsir..sa akin.. yong bang –civil service na yan dapat..eh abolish.. kasi ..kahit anong talino o-o magaling ang isang bata..kung ang maestra ay boguy.. anong mangyayari  sa estudyante? di ano pa..bugoy din.. kasi hindi nag  up-upgrade ang mga titsir.. natin ..tatamad tamad ang mga titsir kasi.. ay civil  service elligble naman ako… ang katuwiran… pero sa-an ka nai-ewan na…
      luma na ang nalalaman…panahon pa kupon-kupong..dapat sila may schooling..

  • tukmoldinako

    sabi kona nga ba, pinatupad ito ng mabilisan at di pana naman pumapasa, marami ang tumutol dito at di naman pina kinggan, gawa ng dep ed secretary na kunwari lang lang na may isinulong na batas pero sa lalong paghihirap naman ng nakararami, para lang sa mayaman ang K12 na ito, kaya yung mga mahihirap ay di na lalo makakatungtong ng college at lalong darami ang maghihirap, tuloy ng mga graduate sa high school puro taxi driver, sales lady sa malls, call centers, la na pag nag abroad hanggang DH nalang.

    Sabi ba naman para daw mas competitive tayo sa abroad, bakit ba yung abroad ang dapat nating suplayan ng magagaling na Pilipino, eto ang labas , brain drain tayo dito sa sarili nating bansa.

    Yan ang utak ng dep ed para dumami ang mahihirap na mga bata na di nakapasok at magkalat na lang sa lansangan, ayun mga batang mga babae , nag proprosti na lang. Hay Dep ed, hindi kanga makapagpatayo ng maayos na eskwelahan sa bung sambayanan, nagdagdag kapa ng dalawang taon, kitamong parang sardinas na ang mga bata sa public school at wala ng natututunan, yan muna ang pag tuunan mo.

    Matuto sana tayong tumingin ng katotohanan at yun ang harapin natin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7SF2XDU6WE4UT46XFT5WHBAOCU cranberry sauce

    I am so glad my son graduated from this wringer called High School before this preposterous K12 measure is passed. He is now in the University and is having the best years of his educational life. 2 additional years were really a waste of precious time for him, and such measures do not guarantee employment, let alone competence in one’s chosen field. I propose an acceleration test for gifted students who would want to skip these additional school years. 

  • nizgoda

    dapat flexible ang system. di enforced sa lahat.  kug yung bata e sa isang tingin palang e kaya nang umangat di pwedeng skip niya ang k 12. kung sa tingin e kulang pa di kelangan talagang mas matagal. yung iba nga drop outs pero   successful.  yung importante . .  prepared siya. 

  • weeshfulThinker

    Just give this thing a chance. The additional cost will be worth it when your child benefits from this. Better education means better future for your child and for yourself. These kind of things need time. We can’t have instant gratification for everything. Always remember, you reap what you sow. Education is the best gift you can give to your children. And if the additional 2 years will give better and improved results, why not?

  • joboni96

    kawawa na naman mahihirap

    sa dagdag gastos ng 3 taong dinagdag
    para makatapos sa high school

    siguradong bababa ang makakatapos sa high school

    better to
    just add free 2 year employable courses
    after high school in g1-hs4

    via tesda, scu’s, non formal training etc

    miseducated kolonisadong utak
    talaga mga mis-education officials natin

    at wala naman kasing mahihirap
    sa house at senado

    marami ang nakikinabang sa kanila
    sa mga education-based businesses

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