PRESIDENT-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. tasked Vice President-elect and incoming Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio to review the implementation of the much-maligned K to 12 program.
Duterte-Carpio said that she already talked with the president-elect about the issue of putting the program under review amid calls to scrap the program.
“That is something na kailangan pag-usapan, na it cannot be decided overnight… but initially it is something na napag-usapan din namin ni President Marcos and he already gave instructions with regard to the review of the implementation of K-12 program of the Department of Education,” according to VP-elect Duterte-Carpio, who was inaugurated as the country’s 15th Vice President yesterday.
Several groups have already called for the scrapping of the K to 12 program since it did not help improve the country’s education system and instead passed on additional burden, particularly for parents.
Duterte-Carpio said earlier that she wanted to focus on three issues with regard to education, particularly the effects of the pandemic on students, full implementation of face-to-face classes, and discussions about the K to 12 program.
The VP-elect that she is very much open to dialog and engage in consultations with teachers and parents that will benefit the education sector.
“Yes of course, ang success ng city government of Davao is precisely that we partner with the private sector, we consult the private sector, we consult the stakeholders kung ano ‘yung mga suggestions nila na puwedeng mai-adopt ng city government ng Davao so I will take that klase ng pagtratrabaho doon sa Department of Education,” she added.
Duterte-Carpio is also hoping that the new administration will ratify the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps or ROTC program.