The Department of Education (DepEd-6) is positive that the implementation of senior high school (SHS) will be successful.
SHS, which covers the last two years of the K to 12 (Kindergarten to Grade 12) program, kicked off on June 13, official start of classes this year.
Graduates of junior high school (Grades 7 to 10) enrolled in Grade 11, the first of the two new SHS years.
Victor De Gracia, DepEd-6 assistant regional director, said he is “very happy” that finally the full implementation of the program had begun.
According to him, K to 12 will address the unemployment problem in the country.
Gracia said SHS graduates can already look for their jobs.
“They can also start their own businesses,” he added.
Gracia said the June 13 opening of classes went smoothly in both public and private schools.
On the other hand, the Kabataan Party-list group in Panay stood firm on its stand against the implementation of the K-12 program.
Kabataan Party-list spokesperson JC Alejandro, in a press release, said that “instead of making a solution, the DepEd under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III is creating another problem as teachers and PTA officers recognize that we are not prepared with this K to 12 program.”
“We are steadfast in our stand that the K to 12 program is beneficial only for the foreign capitalist, private educational institutions and not for the Filipino people, thus this must be abolished and (DepEd must) confer graduation of Grade 10 completers,” he added. IMT