Castro backs review of K to 12 program, seeks ‘nationalist, scientific and mass-oriented’ education system

By Billy Begas

House Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro has expressed her support for the review of the K to 12 program, which was established under the Enhanced Basic Education Act.

Castro said the implementation of the K to 12 program has brought with it countless problems including the shortages in facilities, learning materials, and lack of support for adequate salaries and benefits for teachers and non-teaching personnel “which ultimately compromises the quality of education the students receive.”

“Teachers, students, education support personnel, and the parents experience first-hand the effects of the shortages, under-funding, and low salaries brought by the implementation of the K to 12 program, their clamor should be heard,” Castro said.

Castro noted that the K to 12 program “did not enhance” the basic education curriculum but just added two years of high school education.

She stressed the need for the government to put up “a nationalist, scientific and mass-oriented curriculum and system of education.”

“Ang K to 12 review na ito ay hindi dapat magreresulta sa pagdadagdag nanaman ng taon para sa mandatory military service sa basic education na siguradong hindi makakatulong sa pag-unlad at pagresolba sa krisis sa edukasyon na nararanasan natin ngayon,” she added.

Castro said she will file a resolution in the incoming 19th Congress to conduct a review of the K to 12 program.

The lady solon also stressed the need for Congress and Vice President-elect and incoming Education Secretary Sara Duterte “ to see the realities and effects of under-funding, low salaries, and the shortages brought about by the implementation of the Enhanced Basic Education law.”

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