Review of K-12 law pushed

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Former SAP Bong Go being mobbed by supporters. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A reassessment of the K-12 program and its impact on poor families is in order if the country wants to push for better education for Filipinos.

This, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go emphasized yesterday after receiving feedback on the program and its implementation the past few years, particularly on the extended duration of a student’s high school education.

Aware that the K-12 program is intended to make the country’s educational system at par with international educational standards, Go however, said there is a need to review its implementation and its impact on the drop-out rates and employability of recent graduates of the program.

“Did the drop-out rate increase due to the additional two years? Did their performance improve? Or is this a big burden for poor families? That is what we’ll focus on in the Senate once elected,” Go, who is running for a Senate seat in this year’s midterm polls, said.

There is a need to review its implementation and its impact on the drop-out rates and employability of recent graduates of the program.

In his visit to Tiaong, Quezon Saturday Go presented his proposals on how to provide the youth with quality education and keep them away from illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.

“The youth is our priority. Let us wean them away from drugs and other vices. Best of all, let’s give them quality education for a better future,” he said.

Go assured the school alumni he would coordinate with appropriate agencies of the government on their request for additional buildings, renovation of the existing ones, as well as scholarships for indigent yet deserving students.

As part of his legislative agenda Go seeks to provide free school supplies and uniforms by increasing the budget of the Department of Education and amending the Local Government Code to allow local government units to use their Special Education Fund for the purpose and to increase as well the salaries of public school teachers, among others.

Go also joined the alumni and school administrators in a boodle fight after the event to show solidarity with their cause of improving the education system in the country.

In another event in La Union Saturday, Go said a Malasakit Center will soon be opened at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center in San Fernando City, La Union that will cater to patients in and around the province.

A program of the Duterte administration, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where DoH, PCSO, DSWD, PhilHealth and satellite offices of other relevant government agencies are housed in one area to ease the process for patients availing of quick medical and financial assistance from the government.

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