The Supreme Court of the Philippines has finally lifted a 2015 Temporary Restraining Order sustaining the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) memorandum order in removing Filipino and Panitikan Subjects in College Curriculum. This decision was a hot-topic on the internet and has left a lot of Filipino advocates in dismay as it is adverse to the development of the Filipino language and culture. Many senators were also against the plan of CHED because it is a violation in Article XIV Sec. 6 of the Constitution which speaks about the preservation of the Filipino language as a mode of communication in the education system and that it is also a part of the identity of the Philippines.
Language is naturally tied to our country’s identity and it shows about the unique culture that Filipinos have. I was a bit saddened when I first heard it and I thought this was not a good idea at all. But upon reading the article, it gave me a sense of idea that it was right for the Higher Education to remove it as a compulsory subject in college. Everyone should know that this idea came up when the K–12 curriculum was implemented in our country due its only 10-year education system compared to the rest of the world’s 12-year education system as a means of improving its competitiveness and to increase its standard among other nations. The K-12 curriculum, adding 2 years education, was implemented so school could hone the skills and competencies of students who are willing to pursue higher education as they proceed to college. As a result, some subjects in college were removed especially Filipino to avoid studying it over and over again because it was already taught during elementary and high school years so the General Education Curriculum (GEC) has been brought down to Senior high school to decrease the number of units being administered in college. I think that the Philippine education system should be thinking of providing more effective approach in administering Filipino subjects in primary and secondary education because 12 years of learning this subject is more than enough to strengthen the knowledge of students.
The removal of Filipino subject in college curriculum is hard to take for a lot of people because it is a part of our culture and promotes nationalism which unifies its citizens. I am a Filipino citizen and I have always been loyal to my country – I value its culture and traditions. Although, Filipino classes in college is repeatedly discussed and we should be focusing on other more important subjects related to our courses that is an essential requirement in finding future jobs. The removal of Filipino subject doesn’t signify that having Filipino language and literature as subjects is not useful in our lives. They do a great contribution in knowing about the origins and history of our country. In my opinion, the Philippine education system should be thinking of several ways to make up for the removal of Filipino subjects in college by improving its teaching practice during primary and secondary education.