OFWs decry added cost to K+12 education

image from lfs.ph
image from lfs.ph

Global alliance of overseas Filipinos and families Migrante International today decried the added cost OFW parents will shoulder in light of the implementation of the K+12 educational system.

According to Sol Pillas, secretary-general of Migrante, OFWs will be bear the brunt of the added cost on top of continuous price hikes of basic commodities amidst the global economic crisis. 

“Hindi na nga napagkakasya ang buwanang remittance, dadagdagan pa ang pahirap sa mga OFW dahil sa dagdag-taon sa elementary at high school.”

She said that OFW remittances usually cover basic needs such as food, house rentals or amortizations, utilities and other monthly expenses.

Based on the latest Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES), families prioritize spending for food and other basic necessities. “An additional two years more of secondary education will be an added burden to OFWs. Ang pang-tuition sa mga anak ay ipinangungutang pagdating ng enrollment, o di kaya naman kailangang magdoble o triple ng trabaho para mabayaran.

Youth for labor export: K+12 aimed to train cheap semi-skilled youth labor for global market 

Pillas also protested the “real motive behind the K+12 education system which is the further intensification of labor export, this time systematically targeting the country’s young labor force.”

The Department of Education says that the K+12 system “will improve chances of youth employment” and that it will ensure that 18-year-old graduates will be “employable even without a college degree.”

“What the K+12 system will do is reinforce and institutionalize the training of cheap semi-skilled youth labor for the global market. The DepEd talks of a so-called ‘professionalization’ of the young labor force mainly in labor markets abroad but unfortunately continues to ignore the very causes of forced migration, namely, lack of local jobs, low wages and landlessness,” said Pillas.

She said that the K+12 system sadly undermines the youth’s very significant role in nation-building because it is geared towards providing cheap semi-skilled and unskilled youth labor to the global market instead of for domestic development.

“Young workers, mostly semi-skilled and unskilled, make up approximately 10.7 percent of the total Filipino labor migrant population. Through the K+12, the government will further program our youth not to serve the country but to service the needs of the neoliberal global market,” said Pillas.

Migrante International and Migrante-Youth are members of the Stop K+12 Coalition. ###