Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian only asked incoming Education Secretary and Vice President-elect Sara Duterte to reform the K to 12 program. Neither he nor Duterte has proposed to scrap it, contrary to social media posts that claim such.

Gatchalian said on May 12 Duterte’s landslide victory in the vice-presidential elections meant she had the “political capital” to implement sweeping education reforms, among these a review of the K to 12 program. No statement of its abolition has come from Gatchalian.

Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, also said on March 19 he plans to conduct an oversight review of the K to 12 program, citing challenges with curriculum congestion and teacher training.

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