MANILA - Malacanang allayed fears there will be a massive dropout of students as the government prepares to implement fully the K to 12 program, which adds two more years to secondary education.
In a radio interview, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. dismissed a statement from militant groups that almost one million of school children may drop out of school because of the effect of the K to 12 program.
In a report from the Philippine Star, Anakbayan national chairperson Vencer Crisostomo said only half of the number of public high schools nationwide have submitted proposals on senior high school programs.
“Students will be forced to transfer to private schools and pay expensive tuition. But many are in public schools precisely because they cannot pay. What will happen to them? Surely, the number of out-of-school youths and dropouts will balloon,” he was quoted as saying.
Coloma said the scenario the militant group has painted is not true.
“Hindi po natin nakikita ‘yung senaryo na kanilang ipinipinta hinggil dito, kaya ang atin pong posisyon diyan ay doon pa rin sa aspeto na masiglang pagpapatupad nito. Wala po tayong hangarin dito na mapariwara, bagkus gusto natin pong mapabuti ang kinabukasan ng ating mga kabataan,” he said.
He added the government is doing all it can to implement the K to 12 program sans hitches.
“Ang nais po natin ay lumahok nang aktibo ang lahat ng mag-aaral para sa kanilang sariling kapakanan. Kaya na po natin ipinasa itong K-to-12 na batas ay para madagdagan ang kaalaman ng ating mga kabataan at maging competitive po sila sa pandaigdigang larangan,” he said.
He appealed to critics to study the positive effects of the program.
“Kung mayroon pong mga kakaibang mga pananaw, sana po ay pag-aralan nilang mabuti ‘yung kanilang posisyon,” he said.