Suspend K to 12 Alliance mounts protest rally at Liwasang Bonifacio
May 9, 2015
Are we prepared for the K-12?
April 8, 2015 9:19 pm
Act No.10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act (EBEA) was signed into
law by President Benigno Aquino III in 2013. One of its guiding principles
is making Filipino graduates “globally competitive” in order to serve the
needs of a “globalized environment.” It also paved the way for lengthening
the basic education program to a total of 12 years from the current
10-year program. Students will now graduate at around the age of 18 after
passing through a year of compulsory kindergarten, six years of elementary
education and another six years of secondary education.
in the EBEA are several curricular changes such as the spiral progression
approach, putting up career tracks as part of the senior high school
system and the Mother Tongue Based – Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE)
approach. One can venture into senior high school system career tracks
into the Academic track which includes the STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics) strand and the Technical-Vocational Track.
behind the spiral progression approach is that it would impart knowledge
in a less compact and more temporally distributed way. Complex concepts in
the latter years would depend on the basic knowledge taught in the early
years of education. Under the K-12 program, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
and Earth Sciences will be taught with increasing complexity as one moves
up in the elementary and junior high school. The topics that will be
discussed will change every quarter.
A student will choose a career track in senior high school (starting grade 11) which will determine the subjects a student will have to take for the last two years of his high school education. The choices are the Academic, Technical-Vocational-Livelihood, and Sports and Arts tracks. Within the Academic Track there are three further strands: Business, Accountancy and Management (BAM); Humanities, Education, Social Science (HESS); and Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM). There will also be a common core curriculum that will have to be taken by all senior high students.
nationwide average of current year high school students in the National
Achievement Test across six subject areas is below 50%. While the K-12
targets to improve this, the present capacity of schools to carry out the
supposed inquiry-based approach could render any reform ineffective.
science in the more than 12,000 secondary schools in the Philippines has
been a challenge especially with regard to the lack of scientific
equipment in instruction. Data released by the DepEd in 2012 showed that
out of 45,977 public elementary and secondary schools only 5,821 or 13%
have a science laboratory despite multiple initiatives to address the
In a survey
that we have done from September 2013 to June 2014 participated in by a
total of 173 science teachers from selected public and private secondary
and tertiary schools from Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Metro Manila,
Southern Tagalog, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Southern Mindanao
shows that 23% of teachers do not have access to a laboratory and only 37%
have access to a dedicated laboratory fit to what he/she is teaching.
Furthermore, access to modern instrumentation is limited to 33% of the
respondents. For public high schools, 36% of the respondents do not have
access to a laboratory, only 13% have access to modern instrumentation but
only 4% of the respondents use it for learning activities.
are worse for public elementary schools where only 4.8% have their own
science lab. Regional variations also reflect the uneven development
between city and province. In NCR, roughly 42% of elementary schools have
a science lab compared to a measly 2.3% for ARMM. Secondary schools fare
better, with around 50% of secondary public schools nationwide having
their own science lab.
One of the
more basic objectives of ensuring scientific literacy (and thus the need
for a solid science education for all) in a country is to produce citizens
that are capable of adapting to a variety of situations and solving
problems through scientific thinking. Our basic education program should
instill a culture of scientific inquiry and an objective understanding of
the world around us.
problems of science and math education in the country are not detached
from the overall problem of basic education and the Philippine society as
a whole. Unless these fundamental problems, including the lack of teachers
and facilities, commercialization and state neglect are addressed, science
and math competencies of the Filipino children would keep on lagging
behind our neighbors. This should also be tied to the needs of a domestic
Sadly, the lack of national industries only perpetuate the thinking that education is solely for the needs of the “global” players. Putting up domestic industries catering to local needs would create a demand for scientists, technologists and engineers that would stay in the country. Advanced industries generally require scientists and technologists with greater skills and expertise. Such a demand would spur further improvements in our science education programs and give us a better education program than what is being foisted upon us now.
SUSPEND K TO 12 ALLIANCE
CONTACT NO.: 09272421630/09209759261/09174998608
Convenors of the
Suspend K to 12 Alliance who are leaders and members of different
education institutions, organizations and unions nationwide have joined
the family day today at the Liwasang Bonifacio. Our parents and students
have also united with us in the call to Suspend the K to 12 program of the
“The government is not prepared to implement a 12-year Basic Education Cycle mandated by the K to 12, as manifested by the actual insufficiency of classrooms, libraries, toilets and other facilities; textbooks, modules and other instructional materials; teachers, non-teaching staff, maintenance staff and other education sector personnel in the 10-year Basic Education Cycle. The government’s actual education budget in recent decades have never reacehed 4% of the GDP, while the global standard is pegged at 6% of the GDP, hence, the K to 12 program will be underfunded with predictably disastrous consequences,” Mr. Benjamin Valbuena, ACT Chairperson declared.
08 May 2015
For Reference: REP. LUZVIMINDA C ILAGAN 0920-9213221
REP. EMMI DE JESUS 0917-3221203
Jang Monte (Public Information Officer) 0917-4049119
GABRIELA LAWMAKERS BAT ANEW FOR K-12 SUSPENSION
Women’s partylist group Gabriela today joined parents, educators, and student groups in a press conference launching a signature campaign calling for the immediate suspension of the K-12 program before the school year starts.
“The government is clearly ill-prepared and not enough consultations were held before the Department of Education put the K-12 program into full swing. It would be prudent for the Aquino government to at least suspend the K-12 program so that existing problems in the country’s basic educational system may sufficiently be addressed,” said Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan in a press conference.
Gabriela Women’s Party also filed House Resolution 2074 directing the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education to Conduct an Inquiry on the various issues surrounding the implementation of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013. The resolution cites classroom shortages as well as the displacement of some 80,000 college teachers and non-teaching staff as some of the problems have arisen with the K-12 program’s implementation.
Ilagan said that educators and stakeholders have long expressed the government’s lack of readiness in the implementation of the K-12 program even before President Aquino signed RA 10533, or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, into law last May 15, 2013.
“Minadali at hindi pinag-isipan ang implementasyon ng batas na ito. Parang hindi talaga pinag-isipan at ikinalburo. Ngayon sanga-sangang problema ang hatid nito. Prior to this the Aquino administration ordered schools to implement initial steps of the K+12 program at the open of classes last June 2012, when it had no legal basis. Now we are faced by problems brought about by its imprudent almost thoughtless implementation that lacked thorough consultations among stakeholders,” said Ilagan.
Rep. Emmi De Jesus who also joined parents and teachers in gathering signatures in Marikina communities said, "Animo delubyo ang K-to-12 para sa mga pamilya at empleyado, ipinapatupad nang walang bagong classrooms, walang suplay ng libro, at walang dagdag na guro. Dahil walang pampublikong silid para sa senior high school, ipapasok ang mga estudyante sa private schools kung saan ang matrikula bawat taon ay hanggang P30,000. Ang solusyon umano ayon sa DepEd ay may vouchers ito na hanggang 80 porsyento lang ang bibigyan ng subsidyo at depende pa kung mag-qualify ang aplikante.” #
08 Mayo 2015
Reference: Kharlo Manano, Secretary-General, 263-7789 / 0922-295-3513
Programang K12 kailangan nang i-suspende, ngayon na!
“Malinaw na isasabak ang mga mag-aaral sa isang programa na hindi naman lubusang pinaghandaan. Kinabukasan at kapakanan nila ang inilalagay sa alanganin. Napakaraming dahilan kung bakit kailangang itigil ang pagpapatupad ng programang K-12 subalit sadyang nagbubulag-bulagan at nagbibingi-bingihan ang administrasyong Aquino sa hinaing ng mamamayan,” pahayag ni Kharlo Manano, pangkalahatang-kalihim ng Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns.
Sa isang public forum na isinagawa sa Maynila upang ilunsad ang Parents’ Movement Against K-12, kinundena rin ng grupo ang pahayag ni DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro na handa ang kagawaran sa pagsisimula ng senior high school kung kaya’t hindi na dapat pang suspendehin ang programa. “Puro buladas ng kasinungalingan ang lumalabas sa bibig ni Sec. Luistro maipagtanggol lang ang K-12. Mismong mga regional offices ng DepEd tulad ng Cebu ang sumasalungat sa kanyang pahayag. Hindi na tayo lalayo, dito lang sa NCR, mayorya ng mga eskwelahan ay hindi handa mula sa mga pasilidad hanggang sa kasanayan ng mga guro na ituro ang kurikulum ng senior high school”, pagdidiin ni Manano.
Ayon sa grupo, hindi na bago sa ahensya ang pagsisinungaling. Noong nakaraang taon, buong pagmamayabang na inanunsyo ng DepEd na naresolba na ang mga classroom shortages sa buong bansa subalit tumambad sa mismong araw ng pasukan ang siksikan at kulang na mga silid-aralan.
Kasabay ng presscon, nagsagawa din ang grupo, kasama ang Gabriela Women’s Partylist-Olandes Chapter, ng isang signature drive sa Marikina Tower Clock Plaza. Bahagi ito ng manila-wide petition signing na isinusulong ng Parents’ Movement Against K-12 na naglalayong mangalap ng suporta para itulak ang pagsuspendi sa naturang programa. Idinaan sa pagsayaw at noise barrage ng mga nanay, estudyante at mga child rights advocates ang kanilang mariing pagtutol sa K-12.
Isa sa mga pumirma si nanay Gloria Austria. Aniya, “Kalbaryo na nga ang pagpapa-aral sa dalawa kong anak kahit noong wala pa ang K-12, dinagdagan pa ng dalawang taon! Maliit lamang ang kinikita ko mula sa paglalabada, tiyak dagdag-pahirap lang ito sakin bilang magulang na walang regular na trabaho at maliit ang sinasahod!”
Maliban sa dagdag pahirap ang K-12 sa mga magulang, hindi nakakatulong sa pagpapaunlad ng mga estudyante ang K-12. “Kung ang dekalidad na edukasyon sa kanilang tingin ay ang pagdadagdag ng dalawang taon, nagkakamali sila. Paano kami lubos na matututo kung kahit ang aming mga guro ay hindi nabibigyan ng mga pagsasanay? Gagradweyt daw kami sa programang ito at makakapagtrabaho agad, pero mga trabaho naman na dadalhin kami sa ibang bansa. Kami raw ay pag-asa ng bayan, pero pinag-aaral kami para mangibang-bayan,” wika ni Barachiel Morcilla, isang Grade 8 student.
Plano ng Salinlahi na iikot ang pagpapapirma ng petisyon sa ibat-ibang paaralan at komunidad sa buong Kamaynilaan. Ang mga nakalap na pirma ay idudulog sa DepEd at iba pang ahensya.
“Hinihikayat namin ang lahat ng mga magulang, estudyante, mga guro at lahat ng mamamayan na makiisa at pumirma sa petisyong ito na umiiikot sa kanilang mga komunidad at paaralan. Sa pamamagitan ng nito, maipapakita natin ang ating pagkakaisa para tutulan ang programang K12. Hindi tayo titigil sa pangangalampag sa DepEd at kay pangulong Aquino hangga’t hindi nila ipinatitigil ang programang ito.”, pagtatapos ni Manano. ###
Salinlahi Alliance for Children's Concerns