Catholic schools: K to 12 is pro-poor

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QUEZON City, July 30, 2014—Seeing in it a way out of socio-economic hardship, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) backs the government’s K to 12 program.

According to the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), the less fortunate can only benefit from the new K to 12 school system. (Photo: CBCP News)

“We at CEAP agree that K to 12 not only reforms the country’s educational system, it revolutionizes it,” said CEAP executive director Rhodora Angela Ferrer in a recent interview over Radyo Veritas.

Ferrer explained that K to 12 favors the underprivileged because it prepares them better for future employment.

“This [K to 12 program] is a pro-poor initiative, a gift by the state to the students. When you get a senior high school diploma, it is a very valuable diploma because it will allow you to work already or proceed to higher education. A basic education diploma has more value now as compared before under the old curriculum,” she noted.

Catholic schools started to implement the changes brought about by K to 12 on the first and seventh grades in 2012, on the second and eighth grades in 2013, and on the third and ninth grades in 2014.

Meanwhile, Department of Education (DepEd) spokesman Tonicito Umali blamed the “lack of politica willl” for the delayed acceptance of K to 12 program which, he stressed, has long been the norm in other parts of the world.

Umali pointed out that as early as 1925, changing the basic education curriculum to meet international standards was already being considered, but pressure from the opposition forced proponents to junk the idea. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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