ON REMOVAL OF FILIPINO COURSES | 10K teachers may lose jobs due to SC decision
(NOVEMBER 12, 2018) – Ten thousand Filipino teachers may be fired or face reduced teaching loads following the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) on a Commission on Higher Education (CHED) order to delist Filipino as core subject in tertiary education, a Filipino language advocate said on Monday.
“It’s really possible that ten thousand Filipino teachers will be displaced. Either ma-re-reduce ang load or matatanggal sa trabaho,” Tanggol Wika spokesperson David San Juan said in an interview with One News’ Agenda.
Last November 10, the Supreme Court lifted a 2015 TRO filed against CHED Memorandum Order No. 20 Series of 2013, and deemed valid the removal of Filipino as a required college subject.
But for his part, University of Santo Tomas Teacher Department Head Alvin Ringgo Reyes said the impact would not be immediately felt “in some universities.”
“In our case, the curriculum for 2018 to 2019 entrants was already rolled out and that will run for the next four years,” he said, adding that the said four-year program will have to be implemented despite the high court’s decision.
However, he lamented that majority of universities and colleges lack resources to add courses in the curriculum on top of the minimum requirements of CHED.
The revamp of the General Education Curriculum (GEC) is part of the country’s adoption of the K-12 program. The high tribunal, meanwhile, clarified that universities can still teach the said courses even if they are no longer required under the new GEC.
Tanggol Wika, an assembly of scholars and Filipino advocates who filed a petition to stop CHED Memo No. 20 in 2015, said it will appeal the Supreme Court’s decision.