Youth group leads lobbying vs K-12 on opening day of Senate

ON the resumption of the Senate session, the League of Filipino Students (LFS) along with other students leaders and high school representatives lobbied against the K-12 while holding a protest action outside.

The K-12 flagship program of the Aquino administration passed on the 3rd reading in congress late last year. Many students, teachers and parents still lament the ill effects brought on by the policy as its initial implementation has created an additional financial burden as well as the difficulties in the curriculum.

“With the mid-term elections looming the Aquino administration is likely to put more pressure on passing K-12 through the senate and create buzz about this ‘achievement’ which has can only led to a bleak future for the Filipino youth” said Mai Uichanco, Secretary General of LFS.

On the matter how the positions of senators will impact the 2013 election she added that “we will remain vigilant as to which members of the senate will side with the youth on this matter.”

Members of LFS along with other youth groups, teachers and parents displayed a checklist with different names of senatorial candidates at the demonstration depicting the people’s watchfulness on how they would address the K-12 issue and education as a whole.

Kabataan Partylist President Atty, Terry Ridon, noted that “inside the congress, the K-12 bill was already railroaded despite lacking sufficient basis to deem its initial implementation a success. The effects of K-12 have already been clear for quite some time; it will inevitably lead to the abundance of contractual technical workers who have paid more for their education yet receive little or nothing in return.”

Ridon expressed his concern over the possible railroading to occur in senate as well.

“President Aquino continues to put pressure on different branches of government for his so called reforms to be implemented. The K-12 like the Cybercrime Law among others adds to a long list of unwelcome policies to the people that Aquino touts as change. All of these lead up to the desire to prove that the mid-term period of this regime has brought results, even if they are against the interests of the youth and people” explained Ridon.

Uichanco said “the government knows that the K-12 will only worsen the lives of Filipinos yet at the whim of its foreign masters, especially the United States, it works to benefit the labor export policy of creating cheap labor for developed countries.”

Uichanco concluded by saying that “the youth will continue to seek the scrapping of the K-12 bill. Instead of pushing for greater access to education, the K-12 simply limits the opportunities of those already lucky enough to finish school.”

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