DAVAO CITY—The Duterte administration will remain supportive of the K-to-12 education reform program, former National Treasurer and Incoming Education Secretary Leonor Briones said Wednesday as she appealed for understanding over the “birth pains” of the new education system.
The K-to-12 program and its senior high school component would continue despite the appeals to the incoming administration to dump it.
“By the time classes open [on June 13], the administration of Brother [Armin] Luistro would have implemented the program,” Briones told reporters.
“By the time the president-elect has assumed office, the program [would have started].”
Duterte assured Education officials of his support to the K-to-12 program after he was briefed on it.
In a press conference on Saturday, Duterte confirmed that Briones would take over the Education portfolio because she was “familiar with the problem we are facing with the implementation of K-12.”
The K-to-12 program adds two years to the basic education curriculum and will be implemented starting school year 2016-2017.
Those who graduated from high school this year will move to Grade 11, the first year of Senior High School, instead of proceeding to College.
Classes in public schools nationwide will open on June 13. Duterte will take his oath as president on June 30.
Briones said the implementation of the program would be without any hurdles.
“The burden is on the parents, but the education itself is free and is guaranteed under the Constitution. One problem is not all schools are qualified to teach senior high school,” she said.