MANILA - Academicians led by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera have added their voices against the K+12 program.
In a petition before the Supreme Court, the petitioners, including Allied of Concerned Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio, Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Fernando Hicap and Kabataan Party-list Rep. Terry Ridon, teachers, and other students, said the program is “anti-Filipino.”
A direct result of the program, which adds two more years to a student’s secondary education, is the abolition of mandatory subjects in college such as the Filipino language, Literature, and Philippine Government & Constitution as provided under Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 20, Series of 2013.
The petitioners said they were never consulted in the drafting of the order.
They said the order violates constitutional provisions and several laws.
They added the CHED usurped the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino’s functions in formulating language policies.
The Council of Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities also earlier filed a petition against the K+12 program before the high court.
They said the law tramples on their rights since it fails to provide for full labor protection and equality in employment opportunities as provided under Article XIII, Section 3 of the Constitution.
They said 70,000 college faculty members and non-teaching personnel may lose their jobs because of the law.