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CHED ready to defend new GE curriculum before SC

Jee Y. Geronimo
CHED ready to defend new GE curriculum before SC
The Commission says it respects the decision of the High Court, but notes the new general education curriculum 'does not take effect until 2018'

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is preparing to defend its controversial 2013 memorandum, the subject of a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday, April 22.

The government order has been highly criticized for introducing a new general education (GE) curriculum which has no Filipino subjects and other “remedial courses” in it.

“We will immediately coordinate with our counsel and prepare a brief to provide the High Court all the justifications and rationale for CMO No. 20, s. 2013,” read a statement from the office of CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan.

CHED also clarified that the new curriculum “does not take effect until 2018.”

“CHED respects the decision of the SC. We will respond within 10 days upon receipt of the order,” the statement read.

CHED issued the statement a few hours after the SC stopped CHED from implementing and enforcing a provision in the memorandum that excludes Filipino and Panitikan core courses from the college curriculum.

But CHED’s plan is to devolve all “remedial courses” – not only in Filipino, but also in English, Literature, Math, Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences – to the K to 12 program’s senior high school. (READ: What college courses are in the new GE curriculum?)

This is an “impractical move,” according to Tanggol Wika, an alliance of Filipino educators which has referred to CHED’s memorandum as an “attack against the national language.”

In its petition filed before the SC on April 15, the group also alleged the memorandum violates constitutional provisions on the “national language, Philippine culture, nationalist education, and labor policy.” – Rappler.com

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Jee Y. Geronimo

Jee is part of Rappler's Central Desk, handling most of the world, science, and environment stories on the site. She enjoys listening to podcasts and K-pop, watching Asian dramas, and running long distances. She hopes to visit Israel someday to retrace the steps of her Savior.