DepEd open to House review of K to 12 program

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) — The Department of Education (DepEd) said it welcomes Congress' plan to review the department's K to 12 program.

The DepEd released a statement Monday in reaction to a proposal by the House of Representatives to review the status of programs and policies under the department's K to 12 program so that its achievements and challenges can be identified. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano had earlier expressed concern about the program's effectiveness.

"Congress and DepEd have worked closely together since the previous budget hearings to address the issues of the K to 12 Program. A dedicated review session will provide an appropriate venue to comprehensively discuss concerns about the Program and plot out corresponding solutions," the DepEd said.

Earlier, Cayetano sought a realignment of the 2020 budget to increase education funds.

A bigger budget for the Department of Education, he added, is meant to improve the K-12 program.

Speaking on the issue, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte would not interfere in the review.

At a briefing in Malacañang Monday, Panelo said they would leave the issue "to the wisdom of Congress."