DEPED: K-12 LAW'S CONSTITUTIONALITY SHALL PAVE WAY TO SOCIAL DEV'T GOALS
The reform in the country's education sector continues under the Duterte administration.
According to the Department of Education (DepEd) the decision of the Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of Republic Act 10533 commonly known as the K to 12 program empowered DepEd to better deliver what they called “quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education to the Filipino learners.”
Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa signed the decision last October 9. declaring the constitutionality of its related issuances, including:
-RA 10157 “Kndergarten Education Act, and
-DO 31 s. 2012 “Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of Grades 1 to 10 of the K-12 Basic Education Curriculum.
It was in 2013 when the measure was signed into law by former President Benigno Aquino the third; officially adding two more years to the country's 10-year basic education system.
However before its implementation in 2016, the legality of the measure was challenged by several groups.
One of them was the Alliance of Concerned Teachers who attributed the heavy workload of teachers to the implementation of the program saying they have to take extra effort of finding suitable materials for their use and their students in the Senior High School.
Meanwhile in a briefing on Monday, the DepEd chief said the current review of the program's curriculum is really about catching up not because they are lacking but because knowledge is changing.