Marcos admin to conduct comprehensive review of K-12 program during SY 2022-2023 — VP Sara Duterte

Marcos admin to conduct comprehensive review of K-12 program during SY 2022-2023 — VP Sara Duterte

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — The whole school year of 2022 to 2023 will serve as the Marcos administration’s time frame to conduct a comprehensive review of the country’s K-12 basic education program which has always been the object of close public scrutiny.

Speaking during the Post-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Economic Briefing held in Pasay City, Duterte revealed that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. had given the agency only until this next school year to submit its final recommendations on the fate of the K-12 program.

The Vice President, who heads the Education department in a concurrent capacity, said that on July 19, in a Cabinet meeting with Marcos, VP Duterte asked permission to adopt the Duterte administration’s Basic Education Development Plan (BEDP), which was also spearheaded by former education chief Leonor Briones.

“Secretary Briones already conducted, and initiated the review of Kinder to Grade 10 and they are about to finish and wrap up and make their report on the review of Kinder to Grade 10. My administration will start the review on Grades 11 to 12,” Duterte said.

Duterte also met with Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma, who also has jurisdiction over the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), about the Senior High School program.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Department of Finance (DOF), spearheaded the Post-SONA economic briefing where the younger Duterte and Laguesma were both present at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on Tuesday.

“And we already agreed that there is a need to strengthen and intensify our coordination, particularly in the Philippine Skills Framework between the DOLE and DepEd,” she said.

The K-12 program, passed into law during the Aquino administration, aimed to make Filipinos more globally competitive through an allegedly enhanced curriculum that would’ve made them master skills and concepts.

However, educators and parents have continually called for a review of the program because of the added burden of sending kids to school an extra two years to finish high school and the unreadiness of school facilities, and educators’ capabilities in shouldering the immense work of the program. The Philippines is one of the last countries in the world to adopt the system requiring 12 years of basic education. (ai/mtvn)

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