Over 3,000 college workers displaced due to K to 12

Jee Y. Geronimo
The number of displacements is 'much lower than the initial projection,' the Commission on Higher Education tells congressmen during the budget hearing

MANILA, Philippines – For academic year 2016-2017, a total of 3,229 college workers have been displaced due to the K to 12 program, which requires students to spend two more years in high school.

This was revealed during the budget hearing of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, August 31.

The number, which CHED said is “much lower than the initial projection,” reflects an 85% data collection.

Below is the breakdown of the 3,229 displaced workers, based on CHED’s presentation: 

  • 85% (2,747) are from private higher education institutions (HEIs)
  • 76% (2,452) are teaching personnel, while 24% (777) are non-teaching 
  • 59% (1,869) are permanent, while 41% (1,320) are contractual*

Highest displacements were recorded in Central Luzon (540), Central Visayas (384), National Capital Region (552), and Northern Mindanao (264).

CHED earlier estimated that, based on a worst-case scenario across 5 years, 13,274 teaching staff and 10,464 non-teaching staff would be displaced because of K to 12’s senior high school program.

The education department rolled out its Grade 11 nationwide last June. This resulted to a drop in college enrollment that is expected to last until school year 2020-2021.

Of CHED’s proposed P13.37-billion budget ($287.26 million), P4.55 billion ($97.80 million) has been allocated for the continued implementation of CHED’s K to 12 transition program.

This budget is meant to fund 12,257 scholarships for graduate studies.

It will also fund the following grants under the K to 12 transition program:

  • Faculty and staff development – 1,883
  • Institutional development and innovation – 125
  • Training and research – 1,200

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Jee Y. Geronimo

Jee is part of Rappler's Central Desk, handling most of the world, science, and environment stories on the site. She enjoys listening to podcasts and K-pop, watching Asian dramas, and running long distances. She hopes to visit Israel someday to retrace the steps of her Savior.