[lg policy] clarifies GE curriculum policy not anti-Filipino, vows support for language development

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed May 29 11:07:48 EDT 2019

CHED clarifies GE curriculum policy not anti-Filipino, vows support for
language development
May 29, 2019 | 8:15 pm
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THE COMMISSION on Higher Education (CHED) has clarified that the new
General Education (GE) Curriculum, which removes Filipino and Panitikan
(Filipino literature) in the list of core subjects, is not “anti-Filipino.”
CHED Chairman Prospero E. De Vera III, in a statement on Wednesday, said
“The accusation of critics that CHED is anti-Filipino is wrong. The
Commission believes in the fundamental role played by language in
education. To be properly cultivated, Filipino cannot merely be taught as a
subject, but must be used in oral and written forms, across academic
domains.” The curriculum, contained in CHED’s 2013 Memorandum Order 20, was
given the greenlight for implementation by the Supreme Court (SC) in a
decision last March. “This issue has been debated for too long and CHED
calls on all sectors to respect and abide by the SC decision so that the
revised curriculum for various degree programs can now be fully implemented
with dispatch by the close to 2,000 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
nationwide,” Mr. De Vera said. The statement also said that “HEIs must now
exercise their academic freedom to include innovative reforms in their
various curricula that may include language proficiency not just in
Filipino but also other Philippine languages… and Asian languages that will
make graduates regionally and globally competitive.” CHED also vowed to
support HEIs “that will pursue language innovation” and provide
professional education assistance to affected Filipino and Panitikan
teachers through the K to 12 Transition Program Fund.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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