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MANILA, Philippines - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV called the implementation of K+12 a “no brainer” as he remained unconvinced by the Department of Education (DepEd)'s claim that the program will improve the country's quality of education.
Trillanes said the DepEd should instead prioritize solving perennial problems such as lack of classrooms and books.
The senator fears of a possible increased rate of drop-outs due to the lengthened years of schooling under the program.
He believes that the Philippines should not at once conform with the education programs in other Asian countries, which had embraced the twelve-year basic education program.
Trillanes said Filipinos should be proud that it only took them 10 years to learn what others had to learn for 12 years.
He criticized the DepEd for its alleged lack of consultation with those who will be affected by the program.
Earlier, the DepEd said that the government would shoulder the expenses for the two additional school years. However, the student’s allowance will still be shouldered by their parents.
The Kabataan Partylist shares Trillanes' view. Representative Raymond Palatino said that the educational system might further deteriorate should the K+12 program pushes through. - with reports from Romsanne Ortiguero