The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in Central Visayas also shares the same sentiment and wants the program implementation suspended. ACT is an alliance of public school teachers in the country. ACT-7 has 7,000 members, 1,600 of whom are from Metro Cebu. "We are calling for the suspension of K to 12! We need to solve all the problems of the educational system then rigorously plan the new curriculum," TDC's Dela Cerna told The FREEMAN.
Dela Cerna said majority of the schools in the country still lack teachers, classrooms, chairs and reading materials, but the government continues to push for the implementation of the program. She said books and learning materials for junior high school are not even completed, how much more the learning materials for SHS. "Our system has not solved problems like lack of classrooms, shortage of teachers,lack of books and chairs, no comfort rooms in schools, no water system etcetera Our educational system should solve first all these problems before it will implement such curriculum," she said, adding that the K to 12 curriculum is "half-baked" and that many higher education institution teachers will be displaced since there will be no graduates for two years. "If we cannot solve issues and old problems in the educational system, we cannot implement a new curriculum," she said. ACT-7 president Antonia Lim, meanwhile, said buildings intended for K to 12 are still being constructed or have just started construction like in the Abellana National High School (ANHS) where she is currently teaching. Lim claims that DepEd has been instructing school principals to reduce this year's enrollment for Grade 7 to accommodate SHS. "Ang MAPEH naa ra gani sa grandstand nagklase kay wa'y classroom. Magyaka ra's lobby sa sports center ang mga studyante," she said. Learning materials that are being produced for elementary to junior high and textbooks for Senior High School, which has specialized subjects, are still being bid out, she said, adding that there are still no books available for SHS, as well Grades 1, 7 and 10. "The government should accept that we are not yet ready for K to 12. Everything is lacking, from books, buildings to teachers," she said. "[The country] does not need [the K-to-12 program] to achieve quality education. It can't be defined only through the number of years [in school] because issues, such as the lack of learning materials, classrooms and health and sanitation facilities, should first be addressed," Lim added. "Teachers not ready, too" Saying that the curriculum for the K to 12 Program is "imprecise" and "vague," ACT's Lim said the teachers are not ready for their SHS responsibilities, too. There are certain subjects under the old college curriculum that have been transferred or added to the K to 12's SHS curriculum resulting to fewer units under the College General Education curriculum.
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