The government has earmarked P8.2 billion to compensate college professors who will be displaced for around two years under the K-to-12 program.
Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, chairman of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, made the announcement in reference to the K-to-12 program which adds two years in high school (Grade 11 and Grade 12) and allows students to choose from five contextualized subject tracks: academic, technical-vocational livelihood, arts/design and sports.
The strategy aims to make senior high school graduates ready for employment.
“We have P8.2 billion for the transition [of professors to the K-to-12 program]. The budget was initially P12 billion, but pending CHED’s (Commission on Higher Education) assessment of how many will be displaced, it was figured that P8.2 billion will be enough,” Romulo said.
“Back in December, we in the committee were told that the application process is ongoing, so we are yet to be informed how many really will be displaced from college teaching and shift to Senior High School,” he explained.
In May 2015, the Department of Education estimated that at least 25,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel would lose their jobs with the full implementation of the K-to-12 program since there will be a reduction in college enrolment that may adversely affect the operational viability of higher education institutions.
Of the 25,000, 13,634 are teaching personnel (2,794 permanent and 10,840 non-permanent) and 11,456 are non-teaching personnel (5,702 permanent and 5,754 non-permanent).
“K-to-12 is a good concept and I would be fine if it will be suspended if the Department of Education is not yet ready. But the ball is in the hands of DepEd now. And by their actions, they are ready,” Romulo said.