Province wants English, GMRC back in the public school curriculum

THE Cebu Provincial Government wants public schools to restore the use of the English language as a medium of instruction and bring back the subject of Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC).

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has tasked the Provincial School Board (PSB) to study the possibility of mandating public schools to use English as the medium of instruction and teaching the GMRC subject in Kindergarten all the way to Senior High School.

The PSB has appointed Provincial Board Member Raymund Calderon to lead a technical working group which will be composed of officials from the Department of Education, school officials from the provincial and city school divisions, members of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines-Cebu chapter and private sector representatives.

Garcia explained that the use of English can improve the competency of public school students.

“Gikan sa Kinder ngadto sa Grade 3 mother tongue, gikan sa Grade 4 ngadto sa Grade 6 Tagalog, Grade 7 to Grade 12 anha pa mosulod ang English. Naglibog na’g maayo nang estudyante gisigehan ra’g ekspirimento ning atong mga bata,” Garcia said in a report provided by the Provincial Information Office.

(We use the mother tongue to teach students from Kinder to Grade 3, Tagalog to teach Grade 4 to Grade 6 and English to teach Grade 7 to Grade 12. Our public school students are getting confused because they’re constantly being experimented on.)

Aside from using English as a medium of instruction, the PSB also wants to revive the GMRC subject to teach students good manners.

They observed that school children nowadays are more exposed to social media and have learned bad manners through videos and online video games. (ANV / JKV)