Youth group Anakbayan today joins students and faculty groups, parent-teachers associations, and other sectors in slamming the Supreme Court’s dismissal of several petitions seeking to stop the immediate implementation of the K-12 Law or Republic Act 10533.
Anakbayan is one the petitioners for the abolition of the Noynoy Aquino administration’s K-12 program which incorporates two more years of technical-vocational skills training to the country’s basic education cycle.
“We are dismayed at the Supreme Court’s denial of the petition for the issuance of a temporary restraining order or writ of preliminary injunction against the unjust, anti-student, anti-people K-12 program,” said Anakbayan National Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo.
He said the SC decision against the K-12 TRO would spell hardships and additional burden for Filipino students and their families. Many are set to drop-out with data from the Department of Education showing that public schools cannot accommodate more than 1 million students for senior high school next school year
“As many as one million students will be forced to pay higher fees in private schools or just drop-out. Ang pagpapatuloy ng K12 ay pabigat at parusa sa mga mag-aaral at mga magulang. Papasaning krus ang K-12,” said Crisostomo.
The youth group said K-12 also means intensified privatization of basic education with billions of public funds to be funnelled by the government to private school owners under the Government Assistance to Teachers and Students in Private Education (GASTPE) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).
“GASTPE budget has reached P21.2 billion for 2016 alone, which is equal to the program’s entire budget from 2001 to 2009. Public funds are being handed on a golden platter to school owners,” said Crisostomo.
The youth group said that the additional two years of tech-voc training in senior high school seeks to create a large army of cheap semi-skilled labourers who will immediately work for foreign countries and corporations at a younger age.
“K-12 will make the Philippine a nation of modern-day slaves working for multinational companies at home and abroad for a lower wage. Hindi na patutuluyin sa kolehiyo ang mga kabataan upang isabak agad sa trabaho sa murang edad ng 18,” said Crisostomo.
The youth group moreover decried the K-12 program’s abolition f the teaching of Philippine history in high school and the removal of Filipino, Literature, and Philippine Constitution in college, saying this further dilutes nationalism and critical thinking among the young Filipinos.
Anakbayan will be joining moves to file a motion for reconsideration to the Supreme Court and is gearing for larger protests against the K-12 program.