The Department of Education is studying if the K-12 basic education program is fulfilling its promise of better employability for students, its spokesman said on Thursday.

In a media briefing, DepEd spokesman Michael Poa echoed President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s call to address the country’s skill mismatch problem.

“We are currently reviewing the skills-matching aspect to ensure that when our graduates leave Grade 12, they will be employable as promised by K-12,” he said.

“What we want is once they graduate from Grade 12, they are employable,” he added.

During his first State of the Nation Address in July, the president said reviewing the education curriculum would help address the country’s job mismatch problem.

“There have also been lengthy discussions on the continuation and viability of the K-12 school system. We are giving this a careful review, and all necessary inputs and points of view are now being considered,” he said.

Results of a Pulse Asia survey commissioned by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian earlier showed that 44 percent of Filipinos were dissatisfied with the country’s K-12 program.

The recent survey, conducted from June 24 to 27, also saw the satisfaction rate with K-12 drop 11 percentage points from 50 percent in 2019 to 39 percent in June 2020.

Gatchalian, chair of the Senate basic education committee, said the 10-year-old K-12 program should undergo a review.

“Malinaw sa boses ng ating mga kababayan na hindi sila kuntento sa programa ng K to 12. Ito ay dahil hindi natutupad ang mga pangako nito at naging dagdag na pasanin lamang ito sa ating mga magulang at mga mag-aaral,” Gatchalian said.

K-12 was the basic education curriculum implemented in school year 2012-2013 that introduced two years of mandatory senior high school.

Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio, the country’s education chief, has been tasked by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to review the K-12 program.

Only lawmakers in the Senate and the House of Representatives can make amendments to Republic Act 10533, the act that introduced K-12. John Ezekiel J. Hirro