“More schools, not more years in school.”
This was how Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto explained on Wednesday why he opposed the proposal of the Department of Education (DepEd) to amend the law on the country’s basic education to increase the number of school years to 12 from the present 10-year program.
“I oppose the addition of two years to basic education. There is no clear benefit to adding two years to basic education,” Sotto said in a privilege speech at the Senate on Wednesday.
He added that the national budget can’t even provide sufficient funds to maintain the present number of years of basic education, but now the DepEd wants to add more to it.
“Adding two years to basic education will further increase our budget deficit. We need quality education, not quantity of years in education. We need more schools, not more years in school,” he said.