SC upholds constitutionality of K-12 program

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) — The Supreme Court (SC) junked all petitions filed against the government's implementation of the K-to-12 program and upheld its constitutionality.

In a decision released on October 9, SC Associate Justice penned the court ruling, which denied the petitions against Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, which formally puts the K to 12 program in effect. Several petitioners called to declare the Kindergarten Education Act, K to 12 Law, and its implementing rules and regulations unconstitutional.

The SC also debunked the petitioners' claim that the K to 12 law violated the due process clause, adding that there are "less intrusive" ways to achieve the objectives of the law.

"The assailed law's declaration of policy itself reveals that, contrary to the claims of petitioners, the objectives of the law serve the interest of the public and not only of a particular class," the court ruled.

The high court also junked the policy issues raised by the petitioners, saying that these are not the concern of the Court.

"To reiterate, government policy is within the exclusive dominion of the political branches of the government. It is not for the Court to look into the wisdom or propriety of legislative determination," it read.

It maintained the court will only rule on policies either of the following grounds: illegality, and/or grave abuse of discretion.