K12 to stay — Department of Education

Department of Education (DepEd) said it has no plans of scrapping the K to 12 Program amid “online misinformation.”

“The claims circulating online came after news of the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHEd) plan to ‘review and change’ the system for its K to 12 Transition Program was misconstrued to mean the implementation of the entire K to 12 Program. These two are not one and the same,” DepEd said in a statement.

The implementation of the K to 12 Program has seen numerous gains for the basic education system, which include the initial results of the Senior High School (SHS) Program surpassing expectations in enrollment and transition rates and in providing free or highly subsidized SHS education to more than 2.7 million learners in public and private schools two years after the SHS Program implementation.

DepEd also reminded the public that DepEd implementation of the K to 12 Program is mandated by law, under Republic Act No. 10533, otherwise known as the “Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013.” Therefore, DepEd, as an executive arm of the government, cannot arbitrarily discontinue the Program.