Gatchalian slams gov’t policy on hiring SHS grads

April 20, 2023 PS Jun M. Sarmiento 287 views

SENATOR Sherwin Gatchalian slammed the government’s policy on the hiring of K to 12 senior high school (SHS) graduates, calling it a “great disservice” to learners and their families who had to shoulder the financial burden of two more years of high school.

In a public hearing on the “Batang Magaling Act” (Senate Bill No. 2022), Gatchalian flagged that under the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 12 s. 2019, government corporations and agencies that accept high school graduates do not make a distinction between those who graduated from senior high school and those who graduated from the old ten-year system of basic education.

For Gatchalian, this policy goes to show that for senior high school graduates who want to apply to the government, two more years of high school “have no added value.”

“This is an unfair practice being done by the government. Ipinangako natin noon na ang K to 12 ay magbibigay ng trabaho sa ating senior high school graduates pero gobyerno mismo ang hindi nagbibigay sa kanila ng oportunidad. We’re lumping them together with graduates of the ten-year high school system. Again, there’s no added value for our senior high school students in the eyes of the government,” Gatchalian lamented.

“For example, I’m a senior high school student, but when I apply (to) government, I’m actually equated to a graduate of the ten-year high school system. There’s no increase in value for me, so why would I add two more years if I’m equated to a graduate of ten years of high school,” he added.

The chairperson of the Senate Committee on Basic Education demanded that the CSC submit a definite timetable for addressing challenges linked to the government’s hiring of SHS graduates.

The CSC assured, however, that it is currently revising the Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other HR Actions so that senior high school graduates can also be considered.

A 2018 study by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) previously pointed out that the education requirements of first-level positions in the civil service have not been adjusted to consider SHS graduates.