RRD: Incoming DepEd head should solve K-12 problems

INCOMING president Rodrigo Duterte has offered the Department of Education secretary post to former national treasurer Leonor Briones, but a concrete plan to address the challenges posed by the implementation of the K-12 curriculum is yet to be materialized.

Duterte on Saturday night said that he offered Briones the secretary post because she is “familiar within the problem we are facing with the implementation of K-12.”

He said that he is aware of the potential K-12 roadblocks: marginalized students who will not be able to enroll, and teachers who might lose positions.

A plan to deal with the lack of teachers is also in mind but Duterte said that he can’t give an answer yet until he is able to talk to DepEd.

“The new secretary should be able to come up with a recommendation to solve the problem,” he said.

He said that he has requested for Briones to decide on his offer by Tuesday.

Earlier this week, DepEd-XI assistant regional director Teresita Tambagan said that government run schools in the country that intend to run the K-12 curriculum this June need over 33,000 teachers. About 44,000 applications came in but the number of teachers hired was very small.

She said that this prompted them to look at the reasons why only a few teachers make the cut.

The K-12 adoption is supposed to create jobs for people–even to retired teaching professionals who can work part time (less than six hours a day).

The stringent qualifications, she said, must be filtering applicants. DepEd is now considering to recalibrate the qualifications necessary for teachers to be able to work as senior high school educators.

Meanwhile, former budget chief Benjamin Diokno was given an offer for budget secretary and was requested to decide with the same deadline.

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