April 12, 2015, 9:22 a.m. – A GROUP of parents is set to
go to court to seek the suspension of the new basic education program, citing
unclear provisions, lack of government preparation, and lack of consultation.

Members of the Parents Advocacy for Children’s Education
(PACE) called on other parents to join the effort to suspend the full
implementation of the K to 12 program in a conference held at the Ambassador
Hotel Saturday.

“We (parents) should unite para ma-suspend itong K to 12. If
we really are considered as stakeholders, dapat konsultahin tayo dahil tayo ang
nagpapadala ng estudyante sa mga eskwelehan,” PACE Founding Chairman and UST
High School Parents Association board member Revenendo Vargas said during the
conference titled “K to 12: Impact 2016.”

PACE plans to file the petition before the Supreme Court on
April 20.

Last March 12, a group of teaching and non-teaching
personnel filed a petition before the Supreme Court requesting a temporary
restraining order on the full implementation of K to 12 program.

Parents of UST High School students are doubtful of the new
curriculum, pointing to the school’s supposed lack of preparation.

“When we conduct regular meetings either within the
organization or together with the administration and teaching staff, it has
always been expressed that we really are not for the K to 12,” UST High School
Parents Association President Anniela Soliven said in an interview.

PACE is conducting information and signature campaigns and
is planning a nationwide protest calling for the suspension of K to 12. The
main protest is set to take place on May 9 at the Luneta Park. Arianne F. Merez

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