By Hannah Torregoza
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Tuesday said there is a need to revisit the government’s K to 12 program to ensure it is being implemented properly.
“I want to put accountability in education, meaning, is K-12 working for our Filipino people? We added two years in k-12, adding two years also means adding costs to Filipino parents but are we producing graduates that are employable?” Gatchalian pointed out in an interview on CNN.
“Are we producing graduates that are needed in the industry? Are we producing graduates that excel in our colleges?” he said.
“We need to improve it, not to scrap it,” he assured.
Gatchalian, who is expected to head the Senate Committee on Basic Education, said senators will have to make sure that the K to 12 program is performing and being implemented properly.
“I am for K-12. In fact, when I was in the local government I really felt that K-12 is necessary to make us competitive globally,” he said.
“But K-12, in itself, if not executed properly, can be added burden for both government and also the parents. So we have to make sure that K-12 is functioning and being executed properly,” he explained.
Gatchalian noted the K to 12 program is a very complex program since it starts from Grade 1 all the way to senior high school.
“At the end of the process, it will produce graduates who can be employed and graduates who can go to college. So we need the right measures to make sure that it’s performing properly,” he said.
Gatchalian said the Senate will implement a new set up to ensure that concerns hounding the education sector are thoroughly tackled.
He will preside over the basic education panel, while Sen. Joel Villanueva will chair the committee on higher education and technical vocation.
“We will create two (committees) because in the Lower House that is the set-up. So we are following that set-up and it just so happens that I came from the local government which is largely centered in basic education and Joel, he has a background on TESDA, so our skill is really fit for basic education and Senator Joel for higher education,” he said.