Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday called on the business sector to be open to hiring K-12 graduates as she presented her plans for the education sector.

During the 48th Philippine Business Conference and Expo organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Duterte-Carpio hit the “diploma mentality” of businesses that makes unemployable.

“Our K-12 graduates are not immediately employable and they are not hired by the labor sector,” she said.

“We hope to seek the support of your sector in making sure that our Grade 12 graduates are hired and employed by the industries that you participate in,” she added.

Duterte-Carpio said the Department of Education was reviewing the K-12 program and studying if it is fulfilling its promise of better employability for students.

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

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.

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