MANILA -- Some college professors who fear losing their jobs because of the K-12 program may not become unemployed after all, a Palace official said Friday.
The implementation of the revised basic and secondary education program will add two more years to the basic and secondary levels, thus leaving two years when there will be no new college freshmen.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Malacañang has discussed the plight of the college professors prior to the implementation of the K-12.
"These discussions were had even before the implementation of the K plus 12. Even in the drafting of the IRR for K plus 12, several faculty unions were already consulted. Hindi 'yung high school, siyempre, 'yung college," Valte said.
"Nagpadala po ng representative doon sa consultations, kasi multisectoral consultations 'yung ginawa ho ng DepEd at ng CHED at ng DOLE. So kasama ho dito 'yung UST faculty union, may mga representatives din ho ng mga faculty union ng FEU, ng MIT, at saka ng UE," she added.
Valte said some higher educational institutions (HEI) may give these professors teaching loads in the lower levels.
"There are already some HEIs, I cannot mention them at this point, that are already exploring not laying off their professors but rather applying to accommodate basic education units para pwede ho silang tumanggap 'nung senior high school, 'yung Grade 11 at saka 'yung Grade 12," she added.
Valte explained that the Department of Education (DepEd) is formulating guidelines for General Education professors to be able to teach in lower grades.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is also consulting with teachers' unions on the effects of the K-12 program.
"Iyong sa DOLE, alam ko may ongoing sila and open sila na ituloy 'yung kanilang diskusyon at 'yung consultation pagdating doon sa concerns 'nung ating mga propesor na baka magkaroon nga daw ho, na mayroong mawalan ng trabaho kapag na-implement na fully 'yung K plus 12," Valte said.