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Quality education assured with SC ruling on K to 12

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The Department of Education (DepEd) expressed confidence that the decision of the Supreme Court affirming the constitutionality of the K to 12 program will lead to the fullfilment of the basic education objectives and social development goals.

The high court unanimously declared the K to 12 basic education program as constitutional, dismissing the petition filed by various schools, teachers, professors and legislators questioning the constitutionality of Republic Act 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 signed by former President Benigno C. Aquino III.

Education secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones expressed high hopes for the future of the country’s biggest education reform.

“The Supreme Court ruling empowers us to better deliver quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education to the Filipino learners whom we are sworn to serve,” Briones said.

“We shall continue amplifying our efforts to produce 21st century graduates equipped with the core values and lifelong competencies they need to contribute to societal development and nation-building—the very goal of the K to 12 program,” she added.

The 94-page ruling signed by Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa dated on October 9, ruled that the law was “duly enacted,” as “it adequately provides the legislative policy that it seeks to implement.”

The court also declared constitutional the law’s related issuances including RA 10157 or the Kindergarten Education Act, and DepEd Order (DO) No. 31 series of 2012 entitled “Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of Grades 1 to 10 of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum”.

Briones likewise acknowledged the efforts of her predecessor, Bro. Armin Luistro who was at the helm of DepEd when the law was enacted.

“His administration’s determination and unwavering commitment built a strong foundation for the full implementation of this reform, especially the two additional years of Senior High School (SHS) which provide graduates with four exits and life options,” Briones added, referring to employment, entrepreneurship, higher education, and middle-level skills development.

With the full implementation of the program, the Duterte administration completes the education reform as it committed to and continues to expand and intensify the Alternative Learning System (ALS), DepEd said.

Considered as a priority education program of the administration, ALS is a step in the direction of the Philippines’ commitment to the Philippine Education for All Plan of Action for out-of-school youth and adults.









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