Pia concerned over PH readiness for K to 12

By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 14 2015 07:55 PM | Updated as of Apr 15 2015 03:55 AM

MANILA - With 14 months left before the rollout of the K to 12 program, which adds two years to the basic education system, Senator Pia Cayetano said she was worried about the country's readiness for it.

Cayetano, chairwoman of the education commitee, cited in particular the training of some 30,000 senior high school teachers and the adequacy of facilities like classrooms.

"I'm worried about the time. People need to see these things happening now," she told reporters after a hearing on K to 12 on Tuesday.

"I do believe that we have the capability. But a lot of things have to happen before we can be ready."

Cayetano said senators will give education officials the chance to explain the country's preparedness for K to 12 at the next hearing on May 5.

"If senators and members of Congress are unsatisfied with the answers, we can always do something," said Cayetano.

She said funding for the program, which could amount to billions of pesos, will also be discussed.

At least one senator, Antonio Trillanes IV, had questioned the K to 12, saying students and their parents are not ready for it.

He also noted the additional burden for families of paying for another two years of schooling for their children.

Cayetano said government must make sure the additional years are worth it.

"Kaya ang sinasabi natin sa DepEd, siguraduhin niyo na ang two years na dinadagdag niyo ay sobrang value-added (That's why we have been telling DepEd to make sure the two years you are adding to the curriculum are value added)," she said.