MANILA - Three days before the opening of classes, a "No to K-12" caravan was staged in front of the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday by various groups that oppose the new basic education program.
Led by Bayan Muna, Salinlahi, and the Parents' Movements Against K-12, the group called for the junking of the K-12 program, criticizing government's so-called failure to stage massive consultations before passing Republic Act (RA) No. 10533, also known as An Act Enhancing the Philippine Basic Education System.
They said the Philippines is ill-prepared to implement the program, especially on a nationwide scale, because of the lack of adequate classrooms, teaching and learning materials, and even teaching personnel.
They also said the K-12 program will only lead to more out-of-school-youths because it will make education "inaccessible" to less privileged Filipinos.
The group also lament the expected displacement of thousands of teaching and non-teaching staff as a result of the full implementation of the program.
The caravan went around public schools in the City of Manila before culminating at the Supreme Court.
The group intends to file another petition before the high court to challenge the constitutionality of RA No. 10533.