Marc Lino Abila
National Deputy Secretary General
College Editors Guild of the Philippines
Instead of solving the problems of our education system, President Aquino signed Republic Act 10533 which will only perpetuate more deficiencies in our schools facilities, equipment and number of teachers, especially that the opening of classes are drawing near.
In the midst of numerous problems facing the elections and while every eye is on the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Aquino signed Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 today which will institutionalize ‘K-12 program’ as introduced by the Department of Education (DepEd).
The newly-signed law seeks to restructure the Philippine basic education system. The law will now require Filipino students to undergo Kindergarten, six years in elementary, four years in junior high school and two years in senior high school.
This measure of the Aquino regime is a manifestation that the government is lacking interest on improving the conditions of our public schools and burdens the students, teachers and parents with additional two years of basic education.
With the continuing rise on the prices of basic commodities while wages remain low, K-12 program will definitely affect poor families who wish to send their children to school in the hope that education will save them from poverty. Aside from that, our teachers are also in need of training, security of tenure and higher salaries. This restructuring of the education system also shows that the government is blind to the objective conditions to the Filipino people who suffer from low salaries, high cost of needs, demolitions among others.
K-12 aims its students to graduate as semi-skilled workers to work abroad, an indicator that the Aquino government cannot provide enough jobs for Filipinos in the Philippines and pushing Filipinos to work overseas. K-12 program also serves the need foreign countries, such as the US, for cheap labor from the third world and exploiting our laborers abroad.
Aquino is seeing that K-12 will improve the education system not considering the genuine needs of the Filipino youth for a nationalist, scientific and mass-oriented form of education and provide higher subsidy on education which will help the country in developing the youth into citizens who will work for the national industrialization of the Philippines.
We need an education system which will address the needs of the Filipino society and not foreign interests. ###