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MORE GROUPS SLAM K TO 12, ASK SC TO STOP GOVT IMPLEMENTING IT


MAY 28 ---Twin issues. Students and youth groups denounce Malacañang for its inaction on tuition increases even as they express opposition to the K to 12 education program. Lino Santos 
- Another group of educators and staff from various colleges and universities will ask today (Thursday) the Supreme Court to stop the government from implementing the K to 12 program which mandates the addition of two more years to the current 10-year basic education curriculum.
Rene Luis Tagle, convenor of the Suspend K to 12 Coalition and the Council of Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, revealed that the petition would “question the process involved in the crafting and the constitutionality of the K to 12 law that was passed in 2012.”  This developed as a Catholic priest, Fr. James Secillano of the Nuestra Senora del Perpetuo Socorro Parish in Sampaloc feared that the K to 12 will lead to an increase in the number of out-of-school youths.  This is so because the program would mean an “additional burden “ to poor families who already struggling to make both end meets, Secillano said. READ MORE...

ALSO: PNoy hits back at critics: We're ready for K to 12 ["Minsan ho talaga 'yung mga kritiko natin, minsan sila lang ang anak ng Diyos at sila lang ang magaling. Kaya bahala na ang Diyos sa kanila," Aquino added.(from Aquino's speech in Marikina Elementary School)]


MAY 29 ---President Aquino chats with school children inside a completed Brigada Eskwela classroom at the Marikina Elementary School. STAR/Malacañang Photo Bureau
President Benigno Aquino III on Friday responded to the critics of the K to 12 program, saying the country is ready for its implementation. In a speech marking the second year of the K-12 implementation, Aquino again defended the controversial program and claimed that it would improve the Philippine education system. Aquino believes that with two additional years of basic education, Filipino students will learn more and get better jobs. "Sa kabila po ng mga naisakatuparan nating mga inisyatiba, batid nating may ilan pa ring mga nagsasabing hindi po tayo handa," Aquino said. "Ito po ang tugon natin sa kanila: handa na tayo. Bunga ang K to 12 ng ilang taong pagpapalano at masusing konsultasyon kasama ang mga katuwang natin sa sektor ng edukasyon," he added. Aquino even mocked some critics of the K to 12 who staged a rally this morning. "Pagdating ng panahon, lahat ng mga tumututol, 'pag nakita na 'yung tagumpay, sasabihin kung hindi sa batikos nila, hindi napaganda 'yung K to 12," he said. "Minsan ho talaga 'yung mga kritiko natin, minsan sila lang ang anak ng Diyos at sila lang ang magaling. Kaya bahala na ang Diyos sa kanila," Aquino added. The K to 12 program covers kindergarten and six years of primary education, four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school. READ MORE...

ALSO: Third petition against K-to-12 to be filed before Supreme Court


MAY 28 ---Kabataan party list Rep. Terry Ridon joins members of the League of Filipino Students in protesting the implementation of the K-to-12 program. They revealed their findings that close to a million students could be displaced as a result of the program. KRISKEN JONES, INTERAKSYON.COM
- Partylist lawmakers, teachers and an alliance of student groups are set to file a petition before the Supreme Court on May 29 to stop the implementation of the K-to-12 basic education curriculum. The petition, to be filed by the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) and the Suspend K-to-12 Alliance, will be the third against the new curriculum that will add two years of schooling. In the 55-page petition, the Suspend K-to-12 Coalition led by Professor Rene Tadle asked the High Tribunal to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) or writ of preliminary injunction to stop the implementation of the K-to-12 program. In filing the petition, the coalition said the K-to-12 program is unconstitutional since there were major parts of it not in keeping with the 1987 Constitution, such as the addition of a senior high school or Grades 11 and 12 and the compulsory kindergarten or pre-school system. The petition pointed out that 56,771 of 111,351 college teachers and 22,838 non-teaching staff nationwide are in danger of losing their employment once the law is fully implemented in school year 2016-2017. READ MORE...

ALSO: Multi-sectoral group bares discrepancies in K to 12 law [Enhanced Basic Education Act that gave rise to the K-12 program and signed by President Benigno Aquino III is a different version of the enrolled bill that was signed by leaders of both Houses of Congress, a multi-sectoral group told the Supreme Court.]


MAY 28 ---The petitioners composed of college teachers and staff said the discrepancies between RA 10533 and the enrolled bill, which has been scrutinized by both Houses of Congress is proof that the law was “unduly enacted” and should not be considered a law.
“The discrepancies are a telling indication that RA 10533 was not duly enacted. It is unquestionably different from what Congress intended it to be because of unilateral intercalations and deletions subsequent to congressional passage,” petitioners said. “These are unconstitutional acts which militate against the spirt and intent of Section 26 Article VI of the Constitution which mandates exhaustive congressional deliberative scrutiny in passing a statute,” the petition further stated. An enrolled bill is the final copy of the proposed legislation which was approved by both Houses of Congress. It will be certified by the Secretary of the Senate and the Secretary General of the House of Representatives, then it will be signed by both the Senate President and the Speaker. Then, it will be transmitted to the President for approval. Here are some of the portions from the enrolled bill that did not make it to RA 10533: -The basic curriculum shall be adapted locally to the language, cultures and values of Filipino learners in order to aid teachers in planning lessons which build what the learners already knew. READ MORE...

ALSO: Issues on K-to-12 program being addressed — Noy


MAY 28............Initially raised for questioning were the ground to which K-to-12 will stand, as it was assailed that the government needs to prioritize other problems in the education sector first, including low salaries for teachers and the lack of classrooms. On the side, Aquino, together with Luistro, thoroughly inspected classrooms and learning materials for Grade 1 and 2 pupils of the Marikina City Elementary School this morning, after the DepEd’s week-long “Brigada Eskwela” program. The DepEd launches Brigada Eskwela every year two weeks before class opening to bring together in line with Republic Act 8525, or the Adopt-A-School Program Act, which was implemented in 1998. Smooth opening of classes this school year is expected on Monday next week. READ REPORT FROM THE BEGINNING...

ALSO FLASHBACK REPORT: Speech of President Aquino at the formal presentation of the Kindergarten Law, February 27, 2012

 
Talumpati ng Kagalang-galang Benigno S. Aquino III Pangulo ng Pilipinas Sa pormal na pagkakaloob ng Kindergarten Law 
[Inihayag sa Bulwagang Rizal, Palasyo ng Malakanyang noong ika-27 ng Pebrero 2012] "Baka ho puwedeng balikan ko ‘yung sarili kong kasaysayan noong ako’y kindergarten. Nag-aral po ako sa—noong panahon na iyon, ang tawag ay Institucion Teresiana; eh ngayo’y Poveda na. Kinder ho. siguro para makatipid ng transportation namin, nandoon ho lahat ng mga kapatid ko. Tapos, sabi ng aking ina… sabi ko, “Anong gagawin ko dito?” “Aba, mag-aaral ka rito.” “Aba, okey,” kako. Sabi niya, “Kamusta naman ang unang araw mo?” Sabi ko, “Ang dami nilang version ng English doon.” Sabi niya, “Naitindihan mo ba?” “Yung iba, oo,” kako. “Pero iyong iba malalim na yata ang English.” Hindi ko alam kung ano ang sinasabi nila. Hindi pala English iyon—Spanish pala iyon. [Laughter] So, pagkatapos po n’on, jump after kinder—eh kinder lang naman po sa Teresiana—dinala po ako—Brother [Luistro] with due apologies—pinadinala po ako sa Ateneo. [Laughter] Nakita po iyong Eagle sa Loyola Center. So dahil tumigil na po akong pumupunta sa Teresiana, sabi ko, “Tapos na ba akong mag-aral, mom?” Sabi niya “Oo.” E di, noong dinala ako sa Ateneo, sabi ko, “Anong gagawin ko dito?” Sagot niya, “Ah, marami kang makikilalang friends dito. Maglalaro ka.” Aba, okey ah. So dinala ako doon sa testing center. READ MORE....

ALSO: No stopping K to 12 despite SC case, protests


MAY 30 ---Amid mounting calls for the suspension of the K to 12 program, President Aquino yesterday led government officials in defending the implementation of the program adding two years in basic education.
“Despite our initiatives, there are those who say that we are not ready. This is my response: We are ready. K to 12 is the fruit of years of comprehensive consultations involving different sectors in education,” Aquino said during the launching of the program at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. Organized by the Department of Education (DepEd), the launch was attended by teachers, students and representatives from different stakeholders supportive of the K to 12 program. It was held two years after the signing of Republic Act 10533, or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, that paved way for the implementation of K to 12. In his speech, the President also took a swipe at critics of K to 12, noting the protesters who gathered outside the PICC to call on the suspension of the implementation of K to 12. “When the time comes, those who are against it, when they see its success, they will say that we improved K to 12 because of their criticisms,” Aquino said in Filipino. READ MORE...

ALSO Times commentary: K-to-12 is vital to the Philippine economy  
[K-to-12 is an excellent initiative, one that is long overdue here, but the manner in which it is being converted from a good idea to a reality seems inept and unnecessarily stressful, and has caused a great deal of confusion among education stakeholders—students, educators and parents.]


MAY 29 ---Ben D. Kritz 
A couple of weeks ago, one of my colleagues phoned me from an event she was attending. My name had apparently come up in a conversation she had with an official of the Department of Education (DepEd). “DepEd is a little disappointed you’ve been so hard on them concerning the K-to-12 program,” she informed me, going on to explain that while the official understood that I am not against the goal, my criticism of the manner in which it is being implemented was, from his point of view, a little unfair. If I had a dime for every time someone thought I was being unfair, I’d have to hire a truck to carry them all. At least the unnamed DepEd official (I know who it was, of course, but his identity is not vital to the point of this story) correctly understood my position: K-to-12 is an excellent initiative, one that is long overdue here, but the manner in which it is being converted from a good idea to a reality seems inept and unnecessarily stressful, and has caused a great deal of confusion among education stakeholders—students, educators and parents. That stress and confusion has been further aggravated by the histrionics of those who are against expanding the basic education program—the so-called “progressives” whose ironically conservative perspective is that allowing the Philippine education system to remain below unquestioned global standards is preferable to moving out of an unimpressive comfort zone. The greater implications to the quality of the Philippine workforce, the country’s economic potential, and its ability to take advantage of knowledge transfer matter not at all, so long as jobs are not lost and families do not have to devote temporal and material resources to two extra years of school for their children. Being dumb, apparently, is preferable to growing up. Earlier this week, Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro paid a visit to The Manila Times’ offices, and shared with us a frank assessment of the K-to-12 implementation. While I am still not entirely satisfied that the DepEd has handled what has been a five-year effort to bring the new paradigm to life in the most efficient way, Secretary Luistro did clarify many of the apparent problems, and in doing so eased most of my and my editorial teammates’ concerns about whether the K-to-12 program will be a success. READ MORE....


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

More groups slam K-12 before SC


Twin issues. Students and youth groups denounce Malacañang for its inaction on tuition increases even as they express opposition to the K to 12 education program. Lino Santos

MANILA, JUNE 1, 2015 (MANILA STANDARD) By Rey E. Requejo | May. 28, 2015 - Another group of educators and staff from various colleges and universities will ask today (Thursday) the Supreme Court to stop the government from implementing the K to 12 program which mandates the addition of two more years to the current 10-year basic education curriculum.

Rene Luis Tagle, convenor of the Suspend K to 12 Coalition and the Council of Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, revealed that the petition would “question the process involved in the crafting and the constitutionality of the K to 12 law that was passed in 2012.”

This developed as a Catholic priest, Fr. James Secillano of the Nuestra Senora del Perpetuo Socorro Parish in Sampaloc feared that the K to 12 will lead to an increase in the number of out-of-school youths.

This is so because the program would mean an “additional burden “ to poor families who already struggling to make both end meets, Secillano said.

READ MORE...
Tagle’s group filed the first petition against the K to 12 last month before the SC, saying that the program is unlawful as it has failed to provide for full protection to labor and promotion of full employment and equality of employment opportunities for all as mandated under Article XIII, Section 3 of the 1987 Constitution.

The group also warned that the K to 12 program would result in some 80, 000 college teachers and non-teaching staff losing their jobs next year due to zero enrollees in the freshman year.

Two other petitions against the K to 12 were also lodged before the high court by the “Alyansa ng Mga Tagapagtanggol ng Wikang Filipino/Tanggol Wika” led by National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbrera and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Magdalo party-list Reps. Gary Alejano and Francisco Ashley Acedillo.

In their petition, Lumbrera’s group called on the SC to stop the implementation of the new college curriculum which would abolish mandatory subjects in the current curriculum such as Literature, Filipino language and Philippine government and Constitution which was provided through the an order issued by CHED.

The CHED issued the order as part of its commitment to the K to 12 program.

The SC has granted the request of Lumbrera’s group for a restraining order while awaiting a comment from the DepEd and the CHED.

On the other hand, the Trillanes’ petition questioned the readiness of the government to address the problems nagging the basic education system such as lack of classrooms and other facilities, textbooks as well as the low salary of teachers before implementing the K to 12 program.

The senator’s petition lamented that K to 12 program violated the Constitution, particularly Section 16, Article XIII which guarantees the right of the people to participate in the social, political and economic decision-making process since those who will be mostly affected by the implementation of the program namely the students, teachers and non-academic personnel, were not consulted or invited to participate in the crafting of the program.

The Trillanes’ petition also argued that the principal reasons cited by the DepEd in justifying the policy shift adopting the K to 12 program are not in accord and run afoul with the relevant provision of the 1987 Constitution which expressly provides that the State should create, maintain and support an educational system relevant and responsive to the needs of the Filipino people and the society. With Sarah Fabunan


PHILSTAR

PNoy hits back at critics: We're ready for K to 12 By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated May 29, 2015 - 12:03pm


President Aquino chats with school children inside a completed Brigada Eskwela classroom at the Marikina Elementary School. STAR/Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Friday responded to the critics of the K to 12 program, saying the country is ready for its implementation.

In a speech marking the second year of the K-12 implementation, Aquino again defended the controversial program and claimed that it would improve the Philippine education system.

Aquino believes that with two additional years of basic education, Filipino students will learn more and get better jobs.

"Sa kabila po ng mga naisakatuparan nating mga inisyatiba, batid nating may ilan pa ring mga nagsasabing hindi po tayo handa," Aquino said.

"Ito po ang tugon natin sa kanila: handa na tayo. Bunga ang K to 12 ng ilang taong pagpapalano at masusing konsultasyon kasama ang mga katuwang natin sa sektor ng edukasyon," he added.

Aquino even mocked some critics of the K to 12 who staged a rally this morning.

"Pagdating ng panahon, lahat ng mga tumututol, 'pag nakita na 'yung tagumpay, sasabihin kung hindi sa batikos nila, hindi napaganda 'yung K to 12," he said.

"Minsan ho talaga 'yung mga kritiko natin, minsan sila lang ang anak ng Diyos at sila lang ang magaling. Kaya bahala na ang Diyos sa kanila," Aquino added.

The K to 12 program covers kindergarten and six years of primary education, four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school.

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According to the government's official gazette, the program seeks to "provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship."

In his speech, Aquino lamented that before the K to 12 program was implemented, the Philippines was among the three remaining countries with only 10 years of basic education.

Aquino said the additional two years of basic education should not be seen as a burden.

"Ang panawagan po natin: imbes na isiping pabigat ang karagdagang dalawang taon sa paaralan ng ating mga estudyante, ituring po natin itong pagkakataon upang higit nilang mapahusay ang sarili tungo sa pag-abot ng kanilang mga pangarap," he said.

The president assured that the government is addressing the needs of the those who will be affected by the K to 12 implementation.


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