Solon doubts gov’t ready for K+12 plan

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Published : Sunday, June 08, 2014 00:00

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THE House Independent Minority bloc, led by Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, has expressed doubts the government is adequately prepared to implement the K+12 education program.

While the group fully supports the K+12 program, Romualdez expressed deep concern following problems encountered by the education sector at the opening of classes.

According to Romualdez, with the huge number of classroom backlog it is impossible to provide students with a good environment for learning.

The solon was disappointed with the slow response of the government to the problem of classroom backlog as many students especially in the Yolanda-hit areas conducted their classes in tents and makeshift classrooms.

In the National Capital Region some schools  were forced to conduct lessons in crowded or jampacked rooms, while others converted libraries and covered courts into classrooms.

“It’s a great program, but it doesn’t seem to be too realistic based on the current facilities and the current program that we are embarking on,” Romualdez said.

The K to 12 program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School).

The program provides sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, development of lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship.

Romualdez said if the government wants to improve the quality of  education it should also address pressing problems particularly lack of classrooms.

“Well, sometimes they say that quality is better than quantity. But  right now, we are currently not set up for this one way or the other. We are not set up for a true blue K+12 program wherein properly- funded department will have sufficient classroom buildings, educational materials, and properly- trained and right number of teaching professionals. We don’t have that,” he said.Ryan Ponce Pacpaco

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