10 Reasons Why the K to 12 Program Should Be Suspended

United by our commitment to serve the public through ensuring quality education for everyone, we, teachers, parents, students, administrators, professionals, and concerned citizens of the Philippines, call upon the second Aquino regime to IMMEDIATELY SUSPEND THE K TO 12 PROGRAM, BASED ON THE FOLLOWING REASONS:

1. The government is not prepared to implement a 12-year Basic Education Cycle mandated by 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 old 10-year Basic Education Cycle.

2. The government’s actual education budget in recent decades never reached 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.

3. The almost simultaneous implementation of three big educational reforms – Mother-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) in the primary level, the creation of a two-year senior high school at the secondary level, and the introduction of a trimmed down new General Education Curriculum (GEC) at the tertiary level – is very problematic and prone to ineffective and inefficient implementation as the government’s limited resources and personnel will be very stretched.

4. As proven by subpar National Achievement Test (NAT) results in recent years, the over-all quality of education in the Philippines is bad and stagnant if not declining, thus, to improve the quality of education, the government must prioritize the improvement of facilities and teacher training, and increasing the salaries of teachers and non-teaching personnel especially those in public schools, from the measly Php23,044 (Instructor 1 in state colleges and universities), Php18,549 (Teacher 1 in DepEd schools), Php9,000 (typical entry-level salary of non-teaching staff) to Php26,878; Php25,000; and Php16,000 respectively, considering that a PMA cadet’s monthly salary is Php27,425.

5. The enactment of CHED Memo No. 20, Series of 2013 wich has trimmed down the college General Education Curriculum (GEC) and eventually cascaded subjects from college to senior high school, has led to the removal of vital subjects such as Filipino, Literature, and Philippine Government and Constitution.

6. Many courses – such as Housekeeping and Caregiving – in the senior high school curriculum are shockingly suitable only to overseas jobs, and/or beneficial only to foreign businesses – such as Medical Transcription and Contact Center Services, thus the K to 12 Program has no nationalist and pro-Filipino orientation, contrary to the requirements of Article XIV, Sections 2 and 3 of the Philippine Constitution.

7. Generally, the anti-tertiary education mantra of the K to 12 program will manufacture young and docile laborers who will be forced to accept and be permanently chained to low-paying and contractual jobs, at a time when even many college graduates are unable to find good jobs

8. The K to 12 program is a prelude to the planned amalgamation/merging of state universities and colleges (SUCs) under the government’s Roadmap for Public Higher Education Reform (RPHER) which may result to the possible reduction of SUCs, local universities and colleges (LUCs), and even small private colleges and universities. At the outset, it will lead to the massive displacement of around 100,000 professors, teachers and non-teaching personnel by 2016 when no one will enroll in the tertiary level; and beyond, once the slimmer GEC has become permanent, and in a number of colleges and universities, this scheme will also lead to the massive contractualization of both teaching and non-teaching staff.

9. Considering that more than 20 million Filipinos are poor as per official government statistics (close to 40 million as per World Bank data), adding two more years in high school will certainly be financially burdensome for many families at this point, hence it is an indirect assault to our people’s right to education. In some SUCs, the proposed annual fees for senior high school will reach a whopping 16,000 pesos – a 1,600% increase in the lowest tuition rate in the country, on top of other school-related expenses!

10. No massive and genuinely democratic consultations with teachers, parents, students, and other stakeholders, were held when the K to 12 Program was being crafted, and before it was implemented; and the government did not conduct a nationwide assessment of the old 10-year Basic Education Cycle and the previous primary and secondary education curricula, hence the sudden shift to a 12-year Basic Education Cycle is all the more whimsical and at this point, baseless.

Special Thanks to: Alliance of Concerned Teachers

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20 Comments
  1. student says

    what are your sources?

  2. Anywho says

    Guys, ba’t pa natin pahihirapan ang lahat. Ang point dito is it could give us higher opportunity na magkatrabaho agad, which is dati nang problema ng ating bansa. And don’t you see, di ba’t almost lagi nalng experience rin ang hinihingi sa mga trabaho , which binibigay naman nito so aangal ka pa ba? We all know hindi sapat ang college degree lang. Also natrigger ako sa “no-nationalist” cheche burecheng yan, ano ka naninirahan pa rin sa makalumang panahon? ayaw sa mga bagay from foreign countries still affected pa rin sa mga sumakop, bitter lng beh? Guys why didn’t you think na our so called OFWs are also called the modern days heroes, also remember guys the problem have always been the money, puulubing pulubi na tayo sa economic system, and our OFWs helps na patakbuhin ang pera sa ating bansa, ano yan ipagsisiksikan mo lahat ng walang trabaho sa bansang wla din namang makuhanan ng trabaho (wow real genius). And anyways may gumagawa na nang sagot sa mga problema, kung maghihintayan tayo lahat kelan pa uunlad ang pilipinas. One more thing, filipinos are naturally resourceful we’ll come up with something, and besides my mother have always said “not all things are served in a silver platter” so tyagaan lng yan, makisama ka nmn (I can’t blame you tho filipinos can be quite lazy at times). Guess these would be enough, sana naman napaisip ka man lang sa bagay bagay.

  3. Dhodes Mike Kenneth G. Inguito says

    SIr, dear author of this article, why did you say that the issue no. 6 violated the constitution? WHen did you published this article? and now that this year is already 2017, what are the things K to 12 needed to be enhanced?

  4. Bea Chua says

    True. The government just implement k to 12 para dumami ang magtrabaho sa ibang bansa. Plus kulang ang classrooms and books.

    1. anywho says

      Sige nga san mo ilalagay mga wlang trabaho? Dito sa wala din namang mapaghanapan ng trabaho.

  5. GUEST says

    k to 12 SUCKS!

    1. anywho says

      True, but guess what it already is implemented. Sucks to be you

  6. Teacher says

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    Sana hindi na ngpopost ng mga ganito, mali-mali naman info. At sa mga nagcocomment ng negative about K to 12, they are the ones who really dont know much (ignorant) about the program. They do not understand what they are saying, puro reklamo without even studying or analyzing how it really goes. Instead tuloy makatulong sa bansa, nakakagulo pa… Sana naman hindi kasama ang mga noble teachers sa mga narrow-minded na hindi open sa change. This change is not really haphazard; as you can see it’s done gradually and ladderized.. Ginagawa na nga ng DepEd ang lahat para tulungan tayong mga teachers at ang ating clientele, sana naman wag nang magpabigat pa… It’s already enacted as Law and nothing can reverse it because it’s non-negotiable, in spite of all your rallies.. I hope we can just cooperate as one.

    1. Student says

      so hindi po totoo na kulang kulang tayo sa classroom? textbook? salary ng teacher and non teaching?
      na dagdag pahirap sa magulang ang + 2 years? at mas lalong kukunti ang mga taong mkakapag college dhil sa k-12? baka private school po kayo… lugi ang majority ng tao sa k-12 alam ng goverment un pero di nila pinansin..

      1. student lang din says

        And what did you think is the reason why the government came up with this program?
        Minsan wag naman nating puro sa sarili lang iniisip, look at the bigger picture naman.
        This just convince me more na talagang kaylangan ng pinas ng K-12, to educate people more.

    2. Just a student (so please just don't care because I'm JUST a student) says

      Uhmmm… In my own opinion po, di naman po ako against sa K to 12 kasi makakatulong naman po kasi talaga sya sa economy ng Philippines, ang akin lang po is parang di pa po kasi right time na iimplement dito sa pinas ang k to 12 kasi yung education budget ng bansa natin, tho tumaas ng 17 percent, di pa rin po sapat para matugunan yung shortage.

  7. Teacher says

    Sana hindi na ngpopost ng mga ganito, mali-mali naman info. At sa mga nagcocomment ng negative about K to 12, they are the ones who really dont know much (ignorant) about the program. They do not have understand what they are saying, puro reklamo without even studying or analyzing how it really goes. Instead tuloy makatulong sa bansa, nakakagulo pa… Sana naman hindi kasama ang mga noble teachers sa mga narrow-minded na hindi open sa change. This change is not really haphazard; as you can see it’s done gradually and ladderized.. Ginagawa na nga ng DepEd ang lahat para tulungan tayong mga teachers at ang ating clientele, sana naman wag nang magpabigat pa… It’s already enacted as Law and nothing can reverse it because it’s non-negotiable, in spite of all your rallies.. I hope we can just cooperate as one.

  8. jun says

    The government must see the situation first before implementing such program. K to 12 focuses on the academic of learners, but the question is how can they avail good academic performance if the learners environment is not condusive for learning? Dilapidated buildings, lack of classrooms, lack of teachers, poor amenities and etc. They must solve the existing problem first before adding another problem of k to 12 implementation.

  9. Husky's says

    RA 10533, gave birth to the implementation of the K-12 Curr… Sana noon pa, na scrutinize at hinarang na yan bago naisabatas.. Bakit ngayon lang nakita na may error pala sa implementation nito…? Kaya tuloy ang biktima ng iringan dito ang future ng mga estudyante natin.

  10. fema says

    ano ba naman kasi ang alam ng mga nasa mataas na puwesto e opisina ang pinapasukan nila…dapat bago nila implement ang k12 ay sana nagkaroon ng all out information…mother tongue is not helping the pupils in the area of which we compete with other nations…they crafted mother tongue from japan but they didn’t realize that they have only one language…e tayo sa Cordillera Region na nga lang e higit sa isandaan ang lenguwahe…Filipino na lang sana ang mother tongue, besides we are Filipinos…about the kto12…ok lang ituloy basta pondohan ng todo ang pagpapatayo ng classrooms, sahod ng guro, material etc….inuuna naman kasi nila ang mga sarili nila bago ang mga nagbabayd ng buwis…

  11. kath says

    agree ako dito na kailangang pag aralan nang mabuti ang k-12 bago ipatupad, kami ay nahihirapan sa pagtuturo dahil maraming inalis sa curriculum na mga importanteng leksyon na dapat itinuturo bukod pa dito walang sapat na mga libro para suportahan ang bagong curriculum kulang na kulang pa at sana wag madaliin kasi mas walang matutunan ang mga mag aaral kung mamadaliin ang pagpapatupad nito.

    1. anywho says

      why can’t take the changes? Well guess what everyday the world changes and you’re far from coping up in your stand. Galaw galaw naman jan

  12. tda says

    Pati po yung mga parents sa private schools hindi rin handa sa additional 2 years na tuition fee na pwede na sanang pang first 2-3 sems sa college. Sana bago yang K-12 itaas muna yung sahod ng mga tao. Mas maganda ayusin yung curriculum. Marami kasing lessons na ang tagal dinidiscuss sa klase di naman importante. Pinapahaba sa school yung lessons pero pagdating sa actual practice napakasimple lang naman ng trabaho, sana yung mga detailed aspects sa masteral nalang ilagay yun. Para aralin nalang ng mga interesado at yung mga required aralin yun. Sa college bawasan na ang minor subjects kasi 10 years ng inaaral ng mga bata yan mula gradeschool. Lagi kasi iniisip san makakarami ng kurakot eh.

  13. vinda says

    The teachers should be optimistic rather than pessimistic and look at the glass as being half full. In the long term this will be good for the students and we would be at par with the rest of the world with regard to our primary and secondary education system.

    1. Jbabs says

      Si Sir Antonio Contreras nagsabi nito a. Attribute rin pag may time.