Marikina gov’t ‘ready for K to 12 program’

MANILA, Philippines – The Marikina City government said it is ready to fully implement the K to 12 program.

Local officials have started meeting and consulting to address the concerns of the stakeholders in the education sector to ensure the smooth implementation of program, including the Senior High School, next year.

Mayor Del de Guzman said the public and private schools in the city have been continuously coordinating with the Department of Education (DepEd) to prepare and meet the concerns of those who would be affected by the program.

“We are ready… kung ano man ang pwede naming punuan, tulad ng classroom, teaching materials,ginagawa namin,” de Guzman told a media briefing Tuesday.

Aside from the fund allocated by the DepEd in the program’s implementation, de Guzman said the city will also earmark a special School Board fund.

He, however, pointed out that the only problem he sees is the transition of the teaching of the new curriculum.

“Ginagawa natin ang lahat para maging handa tayo. Kung hindi pa tayo handa kailan pa tayo magiging handa?” de Guzman said.

Vice Mayor Fabian Cadiz said the city officials have yet to receive complaints or opposition to the K to 12 program implementation.

In fact, Cadiz said that private school administrators are welcoming the program, claiming the enrollees could increase next year when the scheme will be fully implemented.

He said that those students who will not be accommodated in public schools that will offer senior high school will be received by private schools.

“Kapag kulang facility sa public Senior High, private institution will come in to play… they (private schools) agree to be partner of DepEd. We will engage the private sector arising from the seniorhiIgh,” Cadiz said.

“Di lang flow of goods pero human resource.Mga pasado natin di mare-recognize… pang kalahatan, madedehado tayo dahil ang mga graduates hindi tama sweldo,” he added, noting the need to be globally competitive with the 12-year basic education cycle.

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