Urban poor group assails 198 pro-K-12 solons

AN urban poor group slammed the 198 solons who voted for the passage of House Bill 6643 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2012 on Monday.

According to Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), the passage of HB 6643 has drawn a clear boundary line between the genuine and fake representatives of the masses inside the Congress.

Only eight lawmakers voted against the approval of the said bill. All of them belong from the ‘genuine’ progressive partylist block in the Lower House led by Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casino, except for Davao Oriental Representative Thelma Almario.

“We even doubt whether these lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill on the controversial K-12 education program have consulted their constituents before making their decisions,” said Gloria Arellano, Kadamay national chair.

“Unlike them, the poor families who can barely make ends meet with their small income and meager daily wage only see the additional 2 years in the 10-year basic education program as nothing but an additional headache,” Arellano added.

Kadamay said the K-12 program will not only limit the opportunities of poor students to enter college. It will also transform the Filipino youth into an army of cheap laborers to cater the needs of the capitalists.

Finally, the urban poor group assailed the Aquino administration for continuously slashing government subsidy on education, and implementing the K+12 program which started June this year without a transparent consultation among the millions of poor families who will shoulder the burden of sending their children to school for two more years.

“We will make sure that the Aquino administration will face the consequences of its anti-people schemes while it remains a fanatic of the privatization of basic social services as an imposition of the imperialist globalization,” Arellano ended.

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