Senator Antono Trillanes IV and Magdalo Partylist Representatives Gary Alejano and Francis Ashley Acedillo filed before the Supreme Court (SC) a petition for Writ of Preliminary Injunction and/or Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against Republic Act 10533 or “Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013.
It is commonly known as the K to 12 Law, which adds two more years to high school curriculum.
The petitioners stressed that the K to 12 Law is unconstitutional as it has violated the 1987 Constitution because people most affected by the program, particularly students, college instructors, teachers and non-academic personnel, were not consulted during the crafting of the law.
Senator Trillanes, in calling for the suspension of the program, pointed out that there was no adequate and comprehensive study on the impacts of the implementation of the program to the already impoverished sectors of our society such as the parents, youth and teachers.
Likewise, the lawmakers emphasized that tens of thousands of teaching and non-teaching personnel of higher educational institutions are at risk of losing their jobs starting 2016.
The first batch of the K to 12 Program will enter Senior High School’s grade 11 on 2016 and grade 12 the following year, which means there will be no incoming college freshmen for at least two years once the program is implemented.
Alejano said the future of the country is at stake here and should not be risked for a program that is likely to fail.
The three lawmakers, Trillanes, Alejano and Acedillo together with the Coalition for the K to 12 Suspension will hold a massive protest on May 9 at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila.
Representative Acedillo called on the Filipino people, especially parents and teachers who share their belief that the country is not yet prepared for the K to 12 Program, to join them on May 9 in sending to President Benigno Aquino III and justices of the Supreme Court that the people does not want the Program.