'K to 12' threatens jobs of 85,000 college workers

There is a serious threat to the employment of teachers and staff working in higher education institutions when the full implementation of the ‘K to 12’ programme comes two years from now. College staff are starting to realise the real implications of what is deemed the “single most important education reform in the country", writes Ina Hernando Malipot for the Manila Bulletin.

In 2016, when the Senior High School programme will take effect, what used to be graduating students will not proceed to higher education but will instead enter grade 11, followed by grade 12. So there will be no new enrollees in higher education.

Many private colleges and universities – as early as now – are reportedly laying off or offering early retirement to faculty and support staff to mitigate the financial constraints that 'K to 12' would bring. Based on the estimate by the Council of Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities, “more than 85,000” faculty and non-teaching staff would be affected.
Full report on the Manila Bulletin site