As youth and student groups continue their overnight campout protest at the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office in Pasig City, Anakbayan decried what it called the burdensome K-12 program for resulting to 2.49 million high school dropouts on its first year of full implementation.
Comparing DepEd’s own data on the 3.9 million projected Grade 10 graduates for school year 2015-2016 with the actual number of Grade 11 enrollees for school year 2016-2017 of 1.41 million, Anakbayan National Secretary General Einstein Recedes said 2.49 million high school students have become dropouts.
“According to DepEd, 3.9 million Grade 10 students graduated last school year 2015-2016. However, only 1.41 million enrolled for Grade 11 for school year 2016-2017. This means there are 2.49 million more dropouts who were forced to stop their studies. They could have been graduates but now they are just high school dropouts,” said Recedes.
He said the K-12 program is one of the neoliberal programs for education that the Duterte regime continued to implement, resulting in more burdens for high school students and their families with more years of paying school fees amidst low wages, widespread contractualization, and soaring prices of goods.

Anakbayan hit the Duterte regime for allowing tuition hikes in 1,013 elementary and high schools as well as 268 universities and colleges nationwide. The group says the deregulation of education has led to the average cost of tuition rising to P60,000-80,000 from P30,000-60,000 a year in 2010.

“The K-12, hikes in tuition and other fees, and general intensified commercialization of schools brought about by neoliberal policies of deregulation and privatization has resulted to more youth and students denied of their right to education,” said Recedes.

The group also hit the K-12 program for allowing private schools to engage in profiteering from state subsidies through the Senior High School program. According to the LFS, the following schools has amassed massive profits from the voucher system:

Ateneo de Manila P137,170,000
San Beda College P42,152,000
De La Salle University P200,662,000
STI Computer College P825,550,000
AMA Computer University P417,868,000
University of the East P93,104,000
Ayala APEC schools P50,097,600
Far Eastern University P59,664,000
National University P11,054,000
Phinma schools P177,562,000
University of Santo Tomas P98,296,000


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  1. […] the first year of the implementation of the K-12 program, it is estimated that at least 2.5 million Filipino youth dropped out of school. The commercialization of education and the lack of decent jobs has pushed more youth into the […]

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