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Makabayan wants probe on K-12 program: Dagdag gastos lang!

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The Makabayan bloc on Thursday filed a resolution seeking an inquiry into the status of the implementation of the K to 12 program.

In House Resolution 1887, the seven-member bloc stressed that the program brought about a “myriad of issues” based on accounts of teacher and other school personnel, parents and students themselves.

“Ang House Resolution na ito ay sana makapag-imbestiga kung ano ang nangyari na dito sa mga graduate natin,” said ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro, one of the authors of the resolution.

“Sinasabi ng Department of Education na tagumpay yung first batch ng K-12 pero ano na yung nangyari sa mga graduates nito? Saan na sila pupunta?” she added.

The progressive lawmakers also questioned the employability of the K to 12 graduates following statements from the business community regarding the lack of readiness and competence for employment of the first batch of graduates of the program.

“Sabi nila noon na kapag nakagraduate ka na ng senior high, puwede ka na magtrabaho. Pero sa katotohanan ngayon, wala namang tumatanggap ng graduate lang ng senior high.

Dagdag-pasanin lang yun, dagdag-gastos,” said Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Zarate.

“Dapat kung nag-aral sila, second year college na sila at dalawang taon na lang ay makapagtapos na sila ng kolehiyo. Pero ngayon, kung papalarin, papasok sila ng kolehiyo, apat na taon pa uli ang bubunuin nila,” he added.

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