Another petition against the K+12 was filed before the Supreme Court today, June 23.
“The Philippine legislature gravely abused its discretion in enacting a law which unfairly and unreasonably required herein petitioner students (and the Class they represent) to attend two additional years of senior high school as a precondition to entry to college, violative of their rights to substantive due process and equal protection of the laws as well as to select a course of study subject only to fair, reasonable and equitable admission and academic requirements,” the petition filed by the parents and teachers of the Manila Science High School read.
This is the fourth petition filed against the government education program that would add two more years in the basic education.
The K+12 program would cover kindergarten and 12 years of basic education which are: six years of primary education, four years of junior high school and two years senior high school. The government said the program aims to “provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment and entrepreneurship.
“”The K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum which in effect diluted the school’s special science curriculum, violated the legal and constitutional right of petitioner students to quality education and thus the duty of petitioner and parents and teachers to ensure that kind of education for them,” the petition read.
In their petition, they accused the Department of Education usurping the legislative powers of the Congress for implementing the controversial program when lawmakers are still deliberating on the law, according to an Interaksyon.com report.
Alliance for Concerned Teachers, a nationwide group of teachers, earlier criticized the program as it would worsen the shortages of teachers, classrooms and textbooks. For one, Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon said the country needs at least 209,539 classrooms with over 21 million students enrolled this year.