THE Department of Education in Bohol appeared unfazed over the Supreme Court’s issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the implementation of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 20, “the new General Education Curriculum (GEC) was reduced to a minimum of 36 units. It no longer considers Filipino and Panitikan core subjects.” DepEd in Bohol is in favour of the so-called K-12, an enhanced education that added two years to the four-year secondary education that secondary becomes six years. The additional two years is to “ensure that basic education graduates are equipped and ready for employment, entrepreneurship, or higher learning further education and training.”
In her text last night, schools division superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos said, “So far ika-5 years na man ta nagimplementar sa K12 and kalooy sa ginoo ok ra man ta sa DepEd.” DepEd Bohol information officer Lope Hubac just tried to explain even more and asked for support to K-12, which the national government attempt to overhaul the educational system to be ready and globally competitive during the meeting of the Association of United Development Information Officers (AUDIO) headed by Totsie Escbia of the provincial govrenment.
But the continuing campaign for K-12, which is still opposed by some quarters, may not be long as the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order that will affect the K-12 implementation in the province.
The Court’s TRO was in response to the petition of a group of professors, students and legislators who called the new curriculum as “anti-Filipino.”
“The Court…issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) effective immediately and continuing until further orders from the Court enjoining the respondents from implementing and enforcing the provision of CHEd ( Commission on Higher Education) Memorandum No. 20 insofar as it excluded from the curriculum for College “Filipino” and “Panitikan” (Literature) as core courses,” the high court was quoted by the news report as saying.
The Supreme Court also directed CHED to give its comment on the said petition within 10 days after receipt of its order following the TRO was issued during its session in Baguio City, report said.
Being violated by the new curriculum under CMO No. 20 contravenes Republic Act 7104 (Organic Act of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino/KWF/Commission on the Filipino Language), Republic Act No. 232 (Education Act of 1982), and Republic Act No. 7356 (Organic Act of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts/NCCA), petitioners said.
The petitioners are mostly universities ands colleges in Metro Manila, labor and student leaders, writers, cultural workers, and concerned citizens, including and lawmakers, the report said.
But some parents expressed fears that the opening of classes on June might be affected. They hoped the court would resolve it as soon as possible.
Other parents said in interview they did not hide their dismay over the the K-12, arguing that the additional two years in secondary added burden to them. (rvo)