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The added years of high school under the government’s K+12 program would mean an additional burden to parents of P9,816 per student per year, or a total of P58,897 in additional education expenses for average Filipino families with three children, a figure too costly for them to bear.

I’m basing this estimate on the annual Family Income and Expenditure Statistics (FIES) which show that typical Filipino families with three children spend an average of P7,548.50 per year on education fees alone. Add to this is the incidental cost of education (to include daily transportation, food and clothing) which I estimate at P7,300 per student per year, then a typical Filipino family with three children would have to spend an additional P29,448.50 per added year of high school for their kids.

At two years under the K+12 program, this would add up to P58,897 in additional expenses.

For poor families earning less than P100,000 per year, comprising 35% of total families, the cost would be a little lower at P22,788.56 per year for three children. This would take up as much as 33.94% of total annual family expenditures.

For extremely poor families, the cost would be P22,064.86 per year for three children, comprising a whopping 66.92% of total family expenditures.

While DepEd officials insist that tuition is free in public schools, families still have to spend for transportation, food, school uniforms, projects and other incidentals. Kasama ng mga school fees hindi na biro ‘yan. That’s a fortune for most families.

Today’s average annual family expenditure is around P175,000. Thus the additional expense of almost P60,000 for two more years of high school would mean that a considerable chunk of their income allotted for basic necessities like food, shelter and clothing would have to be diverted to education.

We might have a world-standard curriculum but if families can’t afford to send their children to school, what’s the point?

The higher cost of sending children to school would most likely result in more dropouts espcially among the poor and extremely poor families. We are, in effect, marginalizing the already marginalized sectors of our society. Lalo lang nito pinapahirapan ang mga mahihirap na gustong makatapos sa pag-aaral.

If government insists on K+12, it should be ready to subsidize the additional cost to poor families, otherwise we will be seeing more dropouts. But the way I see it, it seems the government is not ready to allocate even the international standard of 6% GDP for education.

Dapat talagang tantanan na muna ng Malacanang ang mga magulang dahil napakalaking dagdag gastusin ito sa mga pamilya lalo pa ngayon na ang taas ng presyo ng mga bilihin at serbisyo at napakababa pa ng sahod. Dapat ay mas tutukan ng pamahalaan kung paano gumawa ng mas maraming classrooms at mga teacher pero dahil sa K+12 e mas lalong lumaki ang mga kakulangang ito.#

24 thoughts on “K+12 to cost a fortune for ordinary families, will lead to more dropouts

  1. Hello Sir Teddy. Maganda po sana ang intensyon ng K+12 subalit naparaming bagay ang hindi naikonsidera o mas madami pang bagay ang syang dapat inunang bigyang pansin. Ang problema sa kasalukuyang administrasyon, ang daming repormang gusto, agad agad,

    • ganyan naman ang mga binoboto natin, mga pasikat,,,mahalaga lng may masabing nagawa nila khit di naman maging mahalaga o beneficial sa taong bayan,,,dagdag taon?
      *handa ba ang mga paaralan pra dito?
      *sapat ba ang bilang ng mga upuan at mesa?
      *sapat ba ang lawak ng mga silid-aralan base sa bilang ng mga batang papasok?
      *sapat ba ang mga libro?
      *sapat ba ang bilang ng mga guro?
      MAGIGING SAPAT BA ANG KAALAMAN AT KAKAYAHAN NG MGA BATANG PRODUKTO NG K+12 kung ang taon lng ang dinagdagan ngunit mananatiling kulang ang mga pangunahing kailangan upang magkaroon ng QUALITY EDUCATION?

      ITO PO AY ISANG TANONG LNG?

  2. Oo nga po. tapos, kung based sa pilot testing ay mapatunayang talagang epektibo at malaki ang impact sa kalidad ng edukasyon ng bansa, saka i-scale up ang implementasyon.

  3. Pilot project? Really? It will take years to realize the results. And with the way government-sponsored pilot projects are implemented and sustained, the K-12 project would have gone down the drain. The move towards K-12 was inevitable and the implementation is a must. How the hell does the marginalized become even more marginalized? Good luck uplifting them with the ‘Congressman’s’ opinion.

    • I’d rather go with the consideration of computing an ordinary family’s added expenditure in our impoverished nation rather than the “inevitability” and “mandatory” explanation of this K-12 hulabaloo. I don’t just want to swallow all the BS that government continuously shoves down our throats.

  4. dapat unahin yung mga usapin tungkol sa mga guro dagdag sahod dagdag titser at classroom hindi dagdag years ng pag aaral nakiki uso nanaman kasi ang GRP sa mga kapit bahay nya budget sa edukasyon hindi sa militar at kung anu anu pang pinag gagatusan

  5. maaari ding tingnan ng mas malalim, kurikulum nga ba ang problema?madami namang nagtapos sa kasalukuyang sistema ng edukasyon ang nakarating sa maayos na estado, naging kwalipikado maging sa international postings. ang nanay ko guro sa nueva ecija-sila nagbabayad ng kanilang registration sa mga seminar na nire require ng deped supervisors -na malinaw namang kumukita sa pag organisa nito-sa venue, sa catering, sa honoraria (kaya ata kabi-kabila ang required seminars for continuing education). eto lang kulang na gobyerno-gawin muna nilang maayos ang environment that will sustain education competitiveness in the coutnry! yung pundasyo tingnan nila! kwalipikasyon ng guro-continuing education-ang sild aralan-ang logsitics gaya ng libro isa sana kada bata dahil inutil ang 1 kada 2 bata (paano pag may akdang aralin-e magkaiba ng bahay?), library ba meron? yung isyu ng pagiging TAMA ng nilalaman ng libro-ayos na ba? kumpleto?andami eh. eto ngang sistema na to, di pa maiayos, gagawa pa ng bagong mas mahal?parang di pinag isipan. baka anakakalimutan nung sec ng education na di la salle ang pinag uusapan dito?na mas malaki to kesa sa mundong nakasanayan nyang galawan.
    naaawa kao sa mga guro-pati yung usain ng paglo loan. kalokohan! sa deped sa nueva ecija, nakukuha ng loan sharks sa sweldo (BAGO MAKUHA NG TEACHER) ang utang at tubo. di ba bawal yan? yang deped puno din ng anomalya! mga superintendent umiikot, paguwi puro regalo, agling sa bulsa ng titser. bulok na sistema na inalagagan nila dahil sila namumunini! pabor para maging permanente ang susbtitue na titser.
    tigilan yang k-12 na yan. palibahasa yang mga nagdedesisyun na yan, sa dyaryo at tv lang nila nakikita problema at di nila arok ang tunay na kalalagayan sa baba.

  6. para sa akin..kaya siguro bumaba2 ang quality education dahil nabi2gla ang mentality ng isang bata at age of 6 kailangan bang puwershin ang murang isip nila na ituro ang mbigat na aralin.na dapat 7 taon pa lng cla mg mature at maunawaan ang itinuturo sa knila, bkit sa murang idad pa lng nasa unang baitang na agad? mura pa ang kanilang kaisipan..kya paano papasok sa knilang utak ang itinuturo sa knila? natural lng na hihina dn nman pOh ang kalidad ng edukasyon!!!!!!!!!!!! khit mg k-12 pa..mas lalong babagsak na ang edukasyon..sana lng dn,hndi na cla tamarin mg aral..

  7. kung alam lang ng mga tao na gagawin ni P-Noy ito cgurado hindi siya mananalong presidente. Tax ng sigarilyo na lang dagdagan mo para mas konti na lang gagaya sa iyo!

  8. I am the breadwinner of the family. Cong. Casiño’s opinion really makes sense. If you add two more years to high school, this would come out to be a burden to parents like me. With this new scheme, they should have allotted and prepared a very big budget and provide more quality teachers as well. My child’s class right now has 50 plus students….. she’s been in public school since her elementary years and I am quite shocked that she still doesn’t know grammar and spelling well. Most of the students don’t and being a busy parent, I cannot attend anymore to her studying needs at home. I go for more quality teachers/education rather than adding more years to schooling (senior years). We did well as compared to our Asian neighbors before. Time to assess — more dropouts might come out of this scheme.and that you might burn out the students. 😦
    People’s opinions should have been asked first…. being one democratic country.

  9. dpat po dagdag schools
    dagdag facilities ng school
    dagdag teachers
    dagdag sahod ng teachers
    = mahabang oras ng pag-aaral
    = maraming makakapag-aral
    – kahirapan

  10. Sir, I am an incoming 3rd year student in a public university and how I wish the k-12 program was implemented even before I graduated high school. I greatly believe in the idea and I know that the department of education studied the pros and cons of the program for years and they know what they’re doing.

    I think, Filipinos, most especially the poor, should see education as an investment and k-12 program is a great deal for it. We really need the 2 additional years in secondary education. Usually, in our conventional secondary education program, when high school students get their diploma, they aren’t even sure how, what, and if he/she is able to pursue tertiary education. Meaning, natatapos sila ng high school, hilaw pa. Not mature enough to know what they really want in life. The 2 additional years don’t only mean more time to gain more knowledge but also, waiting for the right time to be mature enough to realize how to use wisely the knowledge one gained through all those years he/she spent in school.

    I don’t know why the lack of books, chairs, classrooms and many more material stuff matter so much. Bilang isang mag-aaral, ang masasabi ko, kung gusto mong matuto, Gagawin mo ang lahat para matuto ka. I hate having to buy academically related reading materials too and so, I visit the public library. I borrow notes from whoever I could borrow them from. I ask my teacher all the time. It’s also amazing how the public schools in the provinces do. Most of the topnotchers on national achievement tests and such exams are from public schools in the south. Dedicated public school students are capable of so much more since they don’t depend their thirst for knowledge on what the government, the teachers, the books, their environment, and money could give.

    I also don’t understand why you see the lack of teachers as something so negative and such loss when in FACT, there are a LOT of Filipino graduates who don’t have jobs. Why aren’t you seeing this as an opener so that there would be more young Filipinos who would might want to pursue a career in teaching in the future.

    the k-12 program is an investment we should have made a long time ago.

    Danielle.
    Product of public secondary education.

  11. gandang umaga po sa inyo sir Teddy. agree po ako sa mensahe na ipina-aabot nyo sa pangkalahatan, pasanin at pahirap siya sa paningin ko kahit sinasabi pa nila na mai positibo parin itong dala. Na-awa ako sa kapatid ko kasi grade7 daw cya ngayon.. tapos ung mga assgnments/subject nila parang ndi angkop sa level ng maturity o pag-iisip nila. Parang hilaw na prutas na itinago sa kaban, pinipilit pahinugin…anyway sarili ko po itong kuro2x. Maraming salamat po…..

  12. -investment? paano ka mag-iinvest kung hindi mo naman alam kung san k kukuha ng pang invest….
    anong palagay mo sa secondary level…… waiting shed? at yung bus yung tertiary? siguro nag ka problema ka, or yung ka mag-anak, or kaibigan, or kakilala mo sa pag pili ng kurso. pero hindi ibig sabihin nun… lahat unsure… meron din mga taong kht ano pwede na at nakaka adopt na… meron ding nagmamadali… nasa knila na ang problema kung unsure sla o hnd mka adopt sa kurso… pwede nman clang mg research, ang daming paraan…
    kahit gaano katagal ang taon ng high school, meron paring magiging unsure sa pag pili ng kurso.. kasi iba ang high school sa tertiary…. masasaulo mo lang ang tertiary by experience, by pagtatnong… so… bias ang rason mo….

    -wlang magbabago sa employment rate ng mga college undergraduate kht tapos ng k-12, kht na me pang handa o pang experience na dadagdag sa curriculum, college grad. nga hirap ngayon, at kht sa hinaharap….. syempre pag employer ka mas pipiliin mo yung mas mataas ntapos…..

    -sa tingin ko, gusto lang nila makigaya sa ibang bansa, akala kasi nila tataas yung standard ng pilipinas sa pang gagaya… eh hindi ata kasi nila alam na bago inimplement ng ibang bansa ang gnung sistema sa pag aaral. aral nila ang programa.. at compatible sa pamumuhay nila…. ang tanung lang nman eh… “compatible ba sa pilipinas ang k-12?” sa likod ng lht ng kakulangan ng pilipinas sa larangan ng edukasyon….. isipin mo kung pano magiging oo ang sagot sa tanong….. isa ba tlaga itong tulong o isa lang itong paraan ng pagbabawas ng mga mgiging graduate sa hinaharap….

  13. Sir Ted, simula’t sapul hindi na po maganda ang ideyang k-12 na ito. talaga pong dagdag pasanin ito sa mga pamilyang hindi naman po kumikita ng sapat. kung ipatupad man po ito, sana lang mag-strikto din po ang gobyerno dun sa mga teachers na kung anu-ano ang hinihinging contributions at alisin na po sana ang mga activities na nag-rerequire sa mga bata na mag-contribute ng malaki. For example, Division Girl Scouts Encampment. Ano po ba talaga ang silbi nito? ang School Encampment ok pa. pero ang ulitin pa ito eh matinding pasakit na sa mga estudyanteng matatalino pero mahirap. P850 ang contribution nito… pang ilang araw na po itong panggastos. Simple lang naman po ang dapat intindihin ng gobyerno dito bakit naman kelangan pagkaka-gastosan pa yan, eh may mas mga importanteng bagay pa na dapat pagka-gastosan ang ating bayan. Saludo po ako sa inyong mga adhikain. Sabi ko pa nga sa Mommy ko, kahit meron lang ang Pilipinas ng 10 pang kagaya niyo at naka-upo sa Senado, gaganda ang takbo ng Pilipinas. Mabuhay po kayo!

  14. dapat unahin n muna nila ang sahod ng mga guro kung lahat ng guro ay mag iibang bansa dahil sa liit ng sweldo paano n yung mag aaral ntin..at yung mga classroom at eskwelahan kulang n kulang pa sa ating mag aaral..yun mo na dapat asikasuhin ng gobterno..dag dag pa sa gastos yung k-12 n yan sa mga magulang kapos sa pera..

  15. Before this Government implemented this K+12 Program there were some people, not necessary influential who contradicted it and I can’t recall if Mr. Congressman Ted Casino had been one of them. I am thanking him NOW for coming out with his piece. Or because he is just running for Senator? My point is, he and his group should have done this much earlier when Pnoy was starting to discuss and hell bent in implementing this K+12 program. The statistics had been there; about the drop-out rate and the added costs and added burden to an average Filipino household.
    What about the millions of our OFWs before and now who had brought Billions of dollars and saving the economy in the process? They were educated and trained in the system that this K+12 is overhauling which is tantamount to saying that it is awfully wrong. If this Government can give a guarantee that adding 3 more to our educational system would make our graduates recoup the loss income then by all means they have all the reasons to go ahead. But, it is apparent that OFW foreign employers would not increase the salaries of the next generation of our OFWs.

    But, some may question; we are not educating our people just to be modern day slaves? Fine. These OFWs who have been educated & trained in the “old” system have helped built nations. They have gained invaluable experience could be used on our own nation building and of which; can not be possibly get from this additional 3 years of burden which Pnoy have rammed down the throat of what he called his Boss.

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