TAGBILARAN CITY – Better late than never. The Department of Education Bohol division has apparently admitted that the massive information campaign on the K+12 has been launched recently as if to counter misinformation following some quarters and even lawmakers filed lawsuit to suspend the enhanced basic education program. Why only now was not categorically answered during the “Bisita Opisina” initiative of the Association of United Development Information Officers yesterday at new DepEd division office in this city.
“The Supreme Court has stopped the government from implementing a new college curriculum, which removed Filipino and Panitikan (Philippine Literature) as core courses. The high court issued a temporary restraining order on Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 20 in response to the petition of a group of professors, students and legislators who called the new curriculum, which is part of the implementation of the K-12 program, “anti-Filipino,” report said.
Another report had this to say. “In a 37-page petition filed (recently), Senator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV, together with Magdalo Party-list Representatives Gary Alejano and Francis Ashley Acedillo urged the high court to declare as unconstitutional Republic Act 10533 or the K-12 Law. While the case is still pending, the lawmakers told the high court to issue a restraining order against its implementation. Petitioners said the law failed to comply with the 1987 Constitution because the program was implemented without consulting the people that will be affected by the new 12-year basic education program.”
But DepEd still on-the-go in implementing the K-12 program despite silent protest from parents. Some who were interviewed said they just keep mum on it even if it added burden in expenditures on their part.
Recently, Stakeholders composed of the local government unit headed by Mayor Leonila P. Montero, provincial government led by Gov. Edgar Chatto, private and non-government organizations, the academe and the Department of Education headed by schools division superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos and tourism industry players’ representatives gathered here yesterday in tourism senior high school summit held at the posh South Palms Resort in this town. It is dubbed “Turo-Turismo” for tourism senior high school.
Among the hot topics being pursued during the summit include the Curriculum Contextualization with inputs of tourism industry in Bohol, tourism curriculum and curriculum policy process; and Immersion Policy with inputs on the updates on the tourism policies and regulations, on-the-job policies, issues and concerns and advise on immersion policies.
DepEd said that P-Noy’s administration has invested a lot in terms of annual budget for basic education in past years.
Data from DepEd showed that this year alone it appropriated some Php364.66 billion or an increase of 18.4% from last year’s Php307.8 billion. The investments in past years also showed increases: Php 171 billion (2009); Php178.7 billion (2010); Php207 billion (2011); Php238 billion (2012); and 292 billion (2013).
The ducation agency also eyed to hire some 39,066 teachers to addressed to the growing enrolees of 21,042 of the year in the entire country. There were 5,928,042 stundents enrolled in secondary school; 13,301,248 for elementary; and 1,912,571 for kindergarten last year.
DepEd also tried to construct a total of 41,728 classrooms this year to accommodate the growing number of students. Under the present administration, the agency already erected some 66,813 classrooms.
In Bohol, 25% of repair public schools, excluding this city, damaged by the earthquake have been completed, school division superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos told the information officers during the visit. Of the more than a thousand damaged school buildinsgs, half of these have been finished, she said.
DepEd said that it intends to hire some 39,066 teachers, including Bohol, to fill the gap in teaching force. There had been a total of 128,055 teachers had been hired in the last five years. It said. (rvo)