Supreme Court (SC) lifted all obstacles to the implementation of the K-to-12 education program as it junked a petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO) and/or writ of preliminary injunction (WPI) filed by lawmakers and members of the academe.
The petitioners — the Council for Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities of the Philippines; Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th; Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio; Bayan Muna party-list Representatives Neri Colminares and Carlos Zarate; Anakpawis party-list Rep. Fernando Hicap; Gabriela party-list Reps. Luz Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus and Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon filed challenged the constitutionality of Republic Act 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013.
Named respondents were President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Commission on Higher
Education Chairperson Dr. Patricia Licuanan, Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro, and former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director Joel Villanueva.
They argued that the K-to-12 program was crafted without consultation with stakeholders and that its implementation will lead to the mass layoff of 25,000 teachers and non-teaching personnel.
The petitioners also believed that the program will pave the way for the “massive de-facto privatization” of senior high school education, which will affect at least 400,000 senior high school students.
The SC have yet to decide the case on its merits.