by Maricel Cruz /Manila Standard Today
THE joint House Committees on Higher and Technical Education and on Basic Education and Culture have consolidated proposals seeking to institutionalize the Aquino government’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 program which mandates an additional two years of schooling for all public school students.
Sorsogon Rep. Salvador Escudero III, chair of the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, said the joint panel, was rushing the approval of the proposed measures in response to the Department of Education’s newly launched K +12 program because of President Benigno Aquino III’s ‘enthusiasm’ to have it implemented the soonest possible time.
“The President is very much interested in this,” Escudero said at a hearing conducted by the joint panel.
Escudero underscored the need to pass a law institutionalizing the DepEd program, saying that some foreign employers preferred graduates who had a ‘global standard’ education of 12-year basic schooling.