Senate approves bill making GMRC mandatory in elementary, senior high schools
Elementary and high school students in public and private schools will soon be required to take a mandatory Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) subject under the K to 12 curriculum.
The Senate on Monday approved a bill seeking to institutionalize values education, including GMRC, as a core subject in the K to 12 curriculum.
Under Senate Bill No. 1224 or the Comprehensive Values Education Act, sponsored by Senator values education, including GMRC, will be taught to elementary and senior high school students for an hour daily.
In the case of kindergarten students, values education shall be integrated in their daily learning activities.
GMRC was removed as a regular subject and was integrated with other subjects, including Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao and Araling Panlipunan under the K to 12 curriculum.
In the said curriculum, values education is taught for 30 minutes daily in primary education and an hour twice a week in secondary education.
“Often, the best way to teach values is to put those values into action,” said Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education.
“After all, values education and GMRC involve such practical soft skills that they require real-life application to be understood as fully as possible,” Gatchalian said.
Educators deplore the neglect of the subject in the teaching practice. A position paper by Ma. Antoinette Montealegre of the Philippine Normal University (PNU) noted that currently, values education has not “reversed the rapid moral deterioration and fading Filipino values.”
Since values education was not given priority unlike academic subjects such as mathematics, english and science, studies showed unfavorable attitude towards the subject, Montealegre said.
She said the limited time accorded to values education, 30 minutes, is not enough for “both cognitive and action-oriented learning in character formation.”