Palace won't heed call to stop K to 12

By Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2014 04:34 PM | Updated as of Jul 26 2014 12:34 AM

MANILA - Malacanang sees no reason to suspend the K to 12 program of public education as earlier proposed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Aquino administration remains optimistic on the feasibility of the K to 12 program. She said the Aquino administration has been vigorously pushing for reforms in education.

"Ang administrasyon po kasi naniniwala po talaga tayo doon sa programang iyan that's why we pushed for it and that's why we're also putting resources into making sure that all the problems that are attendant to the system, the education system, as well as K to 12 is being addressed," Valte said.

"If you see the efforts in the Department of Education in the past four years that the President has been in office, puro push ho talaga 'yan and making sure that the classroom backlog from 2010 is-has already been wiped out, as well as textbooks, teachers," she added.

Under the program, two years will be added to the elementary and high school curriculum to equip students with skills needed for work.

Trillanes earlier urged government to defer the implementation of the K to 12 program and focus instead on addressing basic necessities such as the lack of classrooms and school materials, high student-teacher ratio, and low salary of teachers.

The senator said the government seemed unprepared for the looming retrenchment of around 85,000 college professors and employees once the program commences in 2016.