MANILA — Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin Luistro is confident that the K+12 program will pursue despite petitions to suspend the program.
Luistro, on the sidelines of a signing ceremony with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Monday, told reporters that the government and academic institutions have invested heavily for the preparation of the K+12 program.
“I really cannot see how you can stop it. It’s in the fifth year of implementation,” said Luistro. “It [suspension] will not happen, I’m sure.”
“We’re building the classrooms now and the budget is there,” he said.
He said the government was building some 30,000 classrooms, in line with the program, while private schools also invested on new building and have done adjustments to meet the needs of the enhanced basic education.
Luistro noted that there were now 5,800 DepEd schools nationwide offering senior high school or Grades 11 and 12 while some 1,800 non-DepEd schools, including state colleges and universities, local colleges and universities, private high schools, and private universities were approved by the Department to open senior high school.
As more colleges and universities will open Grades 11 and 12, the DepEd chief said it “partly solved” the issue that tertiary-level educators are at risk of being displaced since they can also teach in senior high school.
Luistro estimated there are now only 12,000 faculty members in private higher education institutions that are at risk of being displaced from a previous estimate of over 80,000.
In order not to lose the at-risk tertiary level faculty members, DepEd is looking at offering study program for post-graduate degrees for these teachers.
“The government is looking at massive investment to upgrade faculty members,” he said.
Meanwhile, the memorandum of understanding between DepEd and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry is in preparation for senior high school.
The MOU allows PCCI to provide industry practitioners to teach in senior high school.
The MOU is considering at least 100 industry practitioners from PCCI chapters nationwide to be lecturers at Grades 11 and 12.