Senate OKs bill mandating good manners and right conduct subject in schools

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 18 2020 08:48 AM

Grade 7 students wait for their turn to get vaccined at the Signal Village National Highschool in Taguig City, on July 03, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Senate on Monday approved on third reading a bill mandating all public and private elementary and high schools to include a Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) subject in their curriculum.

Under the Comprehensive Values Education Act, primary school students will be required to attend a 30-minute daily class on GMRC, while high school and senior high school students must take an hour-long lecture on values education twice a week.

"This will allow students to gain real-life experiences in applying their values to difficult situations, but in a controlled environment where experienced educators will help them process the lessons they learn in a constructive, nurturing way," Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, who sponsored the bill, said in a statement.

The Senate version mandated educators to teach the subject in English and Filipino to make it "more accessible and user-friendly to students."

The Department of Education is also expected to review teachers' certifications after the chamber found that "70 to 90 percent of those who teach values education are not certified values education teachers."

GMRC was removed as a regular subject from the K to 12 curriculum in 2013, when values education was integrated with other subjects like Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao and Araling Panlipunan.