THE Aquino administration defended its move to implement the Department of Education’s K+12 education program this school year saying the new initiative would help reduce the country’s unemployment rate, noted a Palace official.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the statement during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday amid reports that various groups are urging President Benigno S. Aquino III to reconsider and postpone the implementation of K+12 program.
Lacierda said the government understands the reaction of the various groups. “There have always been resistance to something new. But as we go along, we will be able to adjust to that,” Lacierda said.
The administration is optimistic that the public would eventually support the new initiative aimed at improving the country’s educational system, according to Lacierda.
K+12, as envisioned by DepEd, also aims to produce high school graduates who have the competency to land a job and to be better prepared for college education and global opportunities.
“Should these highschool graduates decide not to pursue college studies, they will still be able to find employment opportunities after highschool,” Lacierda said.
The opening of classes this school year was marked by the pilot implementation of the K+12 Program. During the opening of classes on June 4, the DepEd welcomed 21.49 million students in public schools.
Lacierda also assured the government is addressing the shortage of classrooms. When President Aquino assumed office in 2010, there was a shortage of more than 60,000 classrooms in the country.
Under President Aquino’s watch, the government was able to build 10,000 classrooms and an additional 30,000 classrooms this year with the help of the different sectors.
Lacierda said the government is doing its best to fast track the building of more classrooms to address the shortage. (PCOO)