CHED prepares for the expected repercussions of the transition from K to 12 by allocating a huge chunk of their proposed 2016 budget into programs that would lessen the impact on the affected sectors. One of the primary targets is the tertiary education sector, which will see definite displacements once the K to 12 system is fully rolled out.
The 2016 budget that CHED has asked for is a huge jump compared to their 2015 budget. From this year’s P3.4B, CHED expects to receive P10.53B next year to fund not only the K to 12 transition program, but the rest of their other programs as well, such as scholarships and faculty and staff development, among others.
The K to 12 Transition Program budget allocation
From the entire 2016 budget, P8.28B will be allocated solely to the K to 12 Transition Program. The program will have 5 components, each component having a relative share of the allocated amount.
P3.29B will be given to scholarship programs as they aim to give out up to 5.909 Masters and PhD scholarships. P245M will be allotted to senior high school training, as up to 1,227 teaching staff are expected to have their skills and knowledge upgraded to help them handle the transition.
Faculty development grants for up to 9,365 faculty members will receive P3.5B, while staff development grants for up to 4,241 staff members will be receiving up to P727M. Up to 100 institutions will also be receiving up to P500M as part of the innovation grants expected to be given to higher education institutions.
The K to 12 effect
Once the K to 12 system is fully rolled out, higher education institutions are also expected to experience a huge drop in freshman enrollment as high school graduates are already expected to be equipped with the basic skills they need to start pursuing their chosen career paths.
This will be an effect of the additional two years to be added to the usual high school program, which means that only specialized fields would require workers to have a college diploma.
As an effect of the expected drop in numbers, an estimated 13,634 teaching staff are expected to be displaced. Around 11,456 non-teaching staff will also be affected. Because of this, ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio reminded CHED leaders that they should also allocate some of the budget to prevent the forecasted displacement.
Other sectors affected
Although the huge focus on the K to 12 program is expected, there are other sectors that would be negatively affected by the move. Some existing programs, such as the Tulong Dunong Program, will experience a budget decrease of up to P328M.
The Tulong Dunong Program is given to single parents and their dependents, persons with disabilities, members of cultural minorities, members of the hill tribes, and senior citizens.
The huge budget cut caused Senator Grace Poe to criticize CHED during the Youth Leadership Forum in Nueva Ecija, saying that it is everybody’s right to finish college regardless of their status or condition.
It is said that the speech given by Poe was an impromptu one, as she was greatly affected by the news of the budget cut.
Although other scholarship programs will not be affected, the Tulong Dunong Program will be one of the few sectors that would suffer as CHED moves their attention from such programs to the K to 12 transition.
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