Enhanced Basic Education Act: Update From Lino Gerona

Lino Gerona/Manny Faelnar

Lino Gerona/Manny Faelnar

Early this morning, April 16, 2013, I received this important email update (dated April 16, 2013)  from Lino Gerona (a.k.a. Atty. Manuel Faelnar), one of our staunchest supporters of MTB-MLE:

Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal

Joe,
 
Nothing to worry about anymore. The clause that would have repealed the mandatory teaching of Rizal courses in  College is not in the bill that was sent to the President for his signature. The Rizal courses wil remain in College.
 
The intention, however, would have been to move the Rizal courses to Grades 11 and 12 under the new K to 12 curriculum, so that only university and professional subjects would have been taught at the College level. But, given the present political and ideological climate, this was not to be.
 
The President will sign the bill into law but he will probably do so after elections in May.

Lino

This morning I also checked the Philippine Senate website’s Legal History of the consolidated version of SBN-3286 and HBN-6643 (ENHANCED BASIC EDUCATION ACT) and found this update:

  • 4/15/2013     Enrolled copies of the consolidated version of SBN-3286 and HBN-6643, received by the Senate already signed by the Speaker and the Secretary General of the House of Representatives
  • 4/16/2013     Enrolled copies of the consolidated version of SBN-3286 and HBN-6643, sent to the Office of the President of the Philippines through PLLO, for the signature and approval of His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III;

The version of SBN-3286 that’s currently posted at the Philippine Senate website is still the old version which intends to repeal RA 1425 (Rizal Law) — and definitely NOT the consolidated version of SBN-3286 and HBN-6643 sent to the Office of the President of the Philippines for the signature and approval of the President. Lino assures us that the “clause that would have repealed the mandatory teaching of Rizal courses in  College is not in the bill.” But given the ease with which whoever sneaked that repealing clause in the first place does not offer much comfort. (And as I wrote in the previous post, why is a piece of K to 12 legislation meddling with the teaching of Rizal courses in College? Don’t we have enough problems with K to 12 already?)

And so we keep our fingers crossed and await nervously until after the President affixes his signature of approval on the consolidated version of SBN-3286 and HBN-6643 (ENHANCED BASIC EDUCATION ACT), or if that does not happen, when the legislation is allowed to lapse into law.

2 thoughts on “Enhanced Basic Education Act: Update From Lino Gerona

  1. Here are the compelling reasons why other legally-mandated subjects (Rizal, taxation, land reform, etc.) should be downloaded to grade 11 or 12:

    1. The typical 4-year college degree program in the Philippines is already too full-packed and should be decongested of subjects that can well be taken up in the Senior High School. Degree programs should concentrate on professional training and should be shorn of remedial or General Education subjects that should not duplicate the G.E. Program in college (making it unnecessarily long) not only to make it less costly but also to enable it to concentrate in professional training as in other K-12 countries where the typical degree program is only of 3-year duration (no G.E. program).

    2. If we do not restructure higher education programs to shorter duration, then, from having one of the shortest in the world, we will end up as one of the few educational systems with the longest stretch of formal education, something that families can ill afford.

    3. The K-12-dovetailed national G.E. Program which consists of 75 units and takes 2 years or more to complete has been revised and re-oriented in view of K-12. Spread over the envisioned 3 or four years, the 35-unit G.E. Program is designed not to be remedial for most students but to give them a multifaceted (globally-oriented and nationally-rooted) competencies and preparation needed by professionals in the 21st century.

    4. Graduates of Senior High School have the option to join the world of work. And many parents, indeed, especially those from poor families, would like to see their children to be immediately job-ready. Will it not be fair and imperative if young Filipinos who do not go to college and decide to work, are already well-imbued with the teachings and ideals of Rizal by teaching them the course in the terminal parts of their basic education. Psychology and age-wise (at age 17 or 18) they can better learn and appreciate and apply Rizal and what he lived and died for.

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