AN independent research work on Friday said the K to 12 program has only given school owners an opportunity to expand their business and further increase their profit.
This description of the Ibon Foundation was based on the admission of the Department of Education (DepEd) that a huge number of junior high school graduates have enrolled in private educational institutions to continue senior high school program.
The senior high school program is a two-year program that was added to the old 10-year schedule of basic education in the Philippines.
The implementation of the senior high school program was in line with the existing 12-year basic education in all countries, which has been established as an international standard.
Ibon said the Aquino administration insisted that the Philippines would go for the senior high school program despite the fact that the DepEd was not completely prepared.
DepEd failed to produce the needed school buildings and teachers so that the Aquino administration would not be facing huge problems in carrying out the program.
But the DepEd has addressed the matter by convincing the school owners to include in their programs senior high school program so that the students would have no problem in taking up the additional number of basic education.
But this supposed solution of the DepEd was a concrete proof that the government only gave the school owners an opportunity to expand their business and further increase their profit, Ibon said.