PHL pushing through with K to 12 Program

MANILA, July 25 (PNA) — Malacanang said on Friday the government is pushing through with the K to 12 Basic Education Program even amid some problems in the country’s educational system.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte stressed this in reaction to a call by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to suspend the program’s implementation until such problems are addressed.

“Ang administrasyon po kasi naniniwala po talaga tayo doon sa programang iyan, that’s why we are pushing for it,” she said in a press briefing in Malacanang.

Valte said the government is allocating substantial resources for the country’s education sector, particularly to resolve problems related to the K to 12 Program.

“If you see the efforts in DepEd (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 has already been wiped out, as well as textbooks, teachers. Kaya on all fronts po talaga (it is) pursuing reforms in education,” she said.

The K to 12 Program covers kindergarten and 12 years of basic education comprising six years of primary education, four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school.

Completing 12 years of basic education is the global standard for decades now and the Philippines is the last country in Asia and among the three remaining countries worldwide that have a 10-year basic education cycle. (PNA)