ABOUT 25,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel are set to be displaced by the full implementation of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-to-12) program, a report from the government’s education cluster stated Monday.
In the report submitted by Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education (CHTE) on Monday morning, it was revealed that a total of 13,634 teaching personnel (2,794 permanent and 10,840 non-permanent) and 11,456 non-teaching personnel (5,702 permanent and 5,754 non-permanent) will lose their jobs in 2016 because of “reduction in college enrolment” that “may adversely affect the operational viability of various higher education institutions.”
The new displacement estimates are lower than the 78,000 displacement assumption initially released by CHED last March.
Rep. Terry Ridon of Kabataan party-list, however, said the loss of employment of over 25,000 college personnel still constitutes a “significant figure.”
“We’re talking about 25,000 employees suddenly losing their jobs due to the ambitious K-to-12 program,” Ridon added.
To mitigate the impact of K-to-12 in higher education, Congress is deliberating a bill that seeks to establish a “tertiary education transition fund” that will provide financial assistance to affected academic and non-academic personnel in universities and colleges during the so-called transition period.
The bill initially proposes a P12-billion budget for the transition fund.
“The Tertiary Education Transition Fund is nothing but a last-minute stop-gap measure, which aims to fool affected personnel into accepting the imminent mass lay-off. The bill now being tackled by the CHTE also fails to address the transgression of fundamental labor rights of teaching and non-teaching personnel that the full implementation of K-to-12 harbors,” Ridon explained.
Meanwhile, DepEd disclosed that they are planning to rehire displaced college teaching staff as basic education teachers to further mitigate the effects of K-to-12.
“However, we must note that even DepEd admits that the teachers it will rehire under its mitigation program will experience a diminution in their salaries,” Ridon said.