Five schools in Cebu Province will be included in the pilot implementation of GMRC — or Good Manners and Right Conduct subject for basic education starting the next school year 2023-2024.
These are Medellin’s Tindog Integrated School in Medellin, San Fernando North Central Elementary School, Tabogon Central Elementary School, Dumanjug National High School, and Liloan National High School.
“Guv, I am very happy to tell you that a very strong highlight of the new curriculum is the inclusion of GMRC,” said Cebu provincial schools division superintendent Dr. Senen Paulin.
“Ang GMRC ibalik na; dili lang kay i-intergrate siya sa Values Education, but it will be taught of as a separate subject,” Paulin added during the Caravan of Services in Consolacion town on November 11.
Dr. Paulin said the measure is part of DepEd’s MATATAG Curriculum program launched by Vice President and DepEd Secretary Inday Sara Duterte in August this year as a revised curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 10.
It will take effect on school year 2024 to 2025, and primarily designed to address the challenges of the current K-12 curriculum, such as the congested content, misplaced prerequisite learning competencies, and cognitive demand imbalance.
Gov. Garcia has been a vocal lobbyist for the reintroduction of GMRC and English as medium of instruction in schools, noting the decline of the youth’s values and manners as well as alarming incompetency in the English language — things which were hardly the case prior to the implementation of the K-12 program of a previous administration. | Babie Jane Revecoy