K-to-12 displaces 25,000 school staff

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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.

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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.

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  1. John RX7 Francisco on

    I think K-12 should be implemented! for the benefits of our children and future nation! look when u graduate in HS! u want to work already! u dont hav experience how will they hire u !ur innoccent! dont know nothing no how ! no experience! in K-12 they will provide u a work OJT ! experience on the job that u Like! while studying in K-12 u can be a working student already! we in the Phil our teaching in HS was obsolete and poor quality of teaching ! every year increase tuition fee! after the student! then talk to that student they will say i dont know what to do?di ko p alam kung anong maapplyan ko o kung makukuha ako wala akong experience ! NEW Grad! AY SUS! ang layo na ng teaching quality ng Pilipinas sa mga ASIAN countries ! K-12 n sila tayo n lang ang hindi

  2. One of the many solution to the problem is that all Pilipino subject professor will teach pilipino subject in the grade 11. So, hindi na sila professor kundi Pilipino teacher na sila ng senior high. Please remove the pilipino subject in college, pwede naman ilagay sa grade 11 bakit hindi gawin. Calling CHED and DEPed official.

  3. with the implementation of K-12 what effect will it have on the college education curriculum ? for example, before K-12, it will take 5 years of schooling for an engineering course. How long will it take now ? Surely, they can’t be the same 5 yrs…

  4. Sharon Catlin on

    This is a fallacious argument. For the 1st year, whatever job reductions at the college level will be replaced 10 fold at the high school level. After the 2nd year, there will be the same, if not more college level positions (more kids will be better prepared for college potentially increasing college enrollments). Additionally, the great number of permanent high school positions which will be created will add to overall jobs, not decrease job numbers. I wish the opponents of the world education standard of grade 12 could articulate the reasons for opposing more education. Their position opposing more education seems counterintuitive.