• SC junks plea to stop K-to-12 program

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    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.

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    1. LoEducatedPinoy on

      The petitioners are impeding the progress of our educational system and they should be ashamed, including Sen. Trillanes by trying to block the implementation of this program. These educators should encourage and help to accelerate the implementation of this program and they should have known from the beginning that this type of program will help our High School graduates in so many ways to compete globally. The country has the opportunity to implement this program now, and I personally hope that the Supreme Court Justices shall find NO merits on the petition filed by the petitioners. To Sen. Trillanes, Lets move on and live with it.