Fact check: Did the Duterte administration remove the K-12 program?
- Multiple social media posts claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte “removed” the K-12 program
- However, the Department of Education dismissed the circulating claims
- They said that only the legislature can repeal the law
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Many social media posts claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered to “remove” the K-12 program in the country.
KAMI learned from Agence France-Presse that the Department of Education (DepEd) has debunked the claim about the removal of the program.
The posts on Twitter and Facebook claimed that it has been “confirmed” that President Duterte already “removed” the basic public education program.
“Confirmed. President Duterte removed k-12,” it said in the Facebook post.
The Department of Education dismissed the claims about the removal of the K-12 program.
The education department explained that the program has been mandated by Republic Act 10533, and it cannot be simply removed. Only the legislature, the Senate and the House of Representatives, can repeal the law.
“Sentiments and questions on social media pertaining to the supposed plan to scrap the K to 12 Basic Education Program are clearly based on misinformation and lack of critical discernment,” it read.
"Therefore, DepEd, as an executive arm of the government, cannot arbitrarily discontinue the Program,” it added.
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The K-12 program was established in 2013 by the Aquino administration. The basic education program offered to give 13 years of schooling to the students, adding two more years from the previous curriculum.
It included six years in elementary (Grades 1 to 6), four years in junior high school (Grades 7 to 10), and two more years in senior high school (Grades 11 & 12).
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