by Charissa Luci-Atienza
A Makabayan lawmaker warned yesterday against the removal of the Filipino and Panitikan subjects in higher education, citing such a move as a violation of a 2015 Supreme Court (SC) Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).
ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio and the Alyansa ng mga Tagapagtanggol ng Wikang Filipino (TANGGOL WIKA) warned that scrapping the two academic subjects in college will hold officials in contempt of court.
Speaking at a dialogue with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Tinio looked into CHED’s issuance of Memorandum Orders (CMOs) 13-51, Series of 2017 pertaining to the policies, standards and guidelines (PSGs) for different courses. Included in each PSG is the curriculum for the course.
Tinio cited how the High Court, through its 2015 TRO, stopped CHED from implementing CMO 20, Series of 2013, which set a new general education (GE) curriculum that left out Filipino and Panitikan subjects.
“CHED’s new PSGs still implement CMO 20 and fail to include the mandated 6 to 9 units of Filipino subjects and 3 to 6 units of Panitikan subjects,” Tinio said. “Clearly, CHED violates the TRO. If this continues, this will earn CHED not just a contempt charge before the high court but also more protests against their anti-Filipino language stand.”
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