DepEd weathers teachers’ displacement

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An anticipated massive displacement of college professors both in private and public schools brought about by mandatory implementation of K to 12 basic education program did not happen, according to Education Secretary Leonor Briones.

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At the hearing of the Senate finance committee on the P566.2- billion proposed budget of the Department of Education (DepEd) for 2017, Briones said they learned from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that only a few instructors availed of a compensation program put up by the government in anticipation of the massive displacement.

According to DepEd chief, the estimate was that 20,000 to 25,000 college instructors would be displaced once the two additional years of high school are implemented.

She said in anticipation of the mandatory implementation of the K to 12 program, a P500-million funding was made available to compensate the affected teachers in case they will be unjustly removed.

“It turned out, according to the Department of Labor, that only 296 have applied for such benefit. This is because a good number of college instructors have moved to the senior high school program,” Briones told senators.

Under the K to 12 basic education program of DepEd, two more years, referred to as Senior High School, were added to the current education system.

The new system covers kindergarten and 12 years of basic education: six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School and two years of Senior High School.

During Senior High School, students are expected to specialize in career tracks they want to pursue, which include: Academic; Technical-Vocational-Livelihood; and Sports and Arts.

The Academic track includes three strands: Business, Accountancy, Management (BAM); Humanities, Education, Social Sciences (HESS); and Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM).

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