Palace thumbs down proposal to suspend K to 12 program

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Friday, July 25, 2014

MALACANANG rejected Friday proposal by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to suspend the implementation of the Department of Education's (DepEd) K to 12 program.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing that the Aquino administration has been really pushing for this program.

This was the reason why the government has been allotting huge budget to education every year, she said.

"Ang administrasyon po kasi, naniniwala po talaga tayo doon sa programang iyan that’s why we pushed for it and that’s why we’re also putting resources into making sure that all the problems that are attendant to the system, the education system, as well as K to 12, are being addressed," Valte explained.

She said that since President Benigno Aquino III assumed office in 2010, his administration made sure to address the backlogs on classrooms, textbooks and teachers that the previous government left.

"If you see the efforts in DepEd in the past four years that the President has been in office, puro push ho talaga ‘yan in making sure that the classroom backlog from 2010 has already been wiped out, as well as textbooks, teachers -- kaya on all fronts po talaga (in) pursuing reforms in education," the Palace official said.

Trillanes described the K to 12 program as overly ambitious as he urged the government to address first the perennial problems of the country's education system, such as the lack of classrooms and school materials and the low salary of teachers, among others. (SDR/Sunnex)

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