MANILA – Youths slammed the Department of Education in Davao region on Sept. 1, as it started the early registration for next year’s full implementation of senior high school.
The protesters, led by League of Filipino Students-Southern Mindanao Region, lied down in front of the Department of Education Region XI Office.
Joyce Perpetua, LFS-SMR spokesperson, said the government is not prepared to implement K to 12’s last phase, not having solved basic problems such as the lack of modules, school facilities, books and classrooms.
“In fact, there are not enough schools in Davao Region that are capable of offering senior high school curriculum. The DepEd Region XI ordered the conversion of some elementary schools in Davao city to senior high schools which will massively displace students,” said Perpetua.
Perpetua added that K to 12 also promotes colonial mentality, pushing the Filipino youth to work abroad, instead of contributing towards self-sustainable industrialization.
“It creates cheap labor force out of the Filipino youth only to serve other countries, bolstering Aquino’s labor export policy. It will produce more of the likes of Mary Jane Veloso.”
“The curriculum of Filipino education is not the problem, but the lack of services for education. So long as the government does not hear this call, the youth will continue to protest the anti-education system K to 12,” she said.