K+12 must definitely be passed because it had already started its implementation. How can this not be a constitutional infringement of the highest order?” lawyer Terry Ridon, national president and general counsel of Kabataan party-list, said.
Party-list lawmakers slammed the Department of Education (DepEd) for
implementing the K+12 program without an enabling law from Congress.
Ridon said DepEd preempted the constitutional prerogative of Congress
to determine with certainty the type of formal basic education,
including its curriculum and years of study that it deems best for the
The proposed legislation on the K+12 education program pushed by the
government is still pending before the House Committee on Basic
Education and Culture.
For the K+12 law to be passed, the measure would still need the
approval of the 285 members of the
House of Representatives. The
proposed legislation would need to pass second and third reading
approval before it is signed by President Benigno Aquino III.
But Sorsogon Representative Salvador Escudero III backed the implementation of the program.
“DepEd can already implement the government’s K to 12 program even
without an enabling law. What is pending before the House committee is
to ensure that funds will be available even after the term of President
Aquino in 2016,” he explained in a telephone interview.
Last month, Education Secretary Armin Luistro issued DepEd Order
31—the guidelines for the implementation of the new curriculum.
Meanwhile, Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Emmi De Jesus said
the government is sowing false hopes with its continued persistence in
implementing the K+12 program.
De Jesus noted that the implementation of the program will worsen
problems in public school facilities with the continuing shortage of
132,483 teachers; 97,685 classrooms; and 153,709 water and sanitation
“DepEd’s claim that the universal kinder program will prepare the
children socially, physically, mentally and emotionally is clearly
debunked by this situation, which glaringly exposes our government’s
disregard for quality education. The situation from last year has not
improved and yet the government continues to banner the K+12 program,”
ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio said while the progressive
party-list bloc is criticizing the education department, they have no
plan to question the K+12 before the courts.
“No, we don’t plan to question the K to 12 before the courts at this
time. DepEd can claim that it has authority to implement changes in the
curriculum,” he said in a text message.