THE proposal to remove Filipino subjects as well as Panitikan and Constitution from the required general education subjects in college drew opposing reactions from different groups. The memorandum goes way back to 2013 but was stopped by a temporary restraining order (TRO) in 2015. Now, the lifting of the TRO creates another stir with some considering it “un-nationalistic” and some saying it is just fitting to let college students focus on their professional courses. What do Zup readers think?
If there are already enough Filipino courses in senior high school, then I am in favor of taking out these subjects in college. Grades 11 and 12 are the most ideal year levels where general education courses should be incorporated so that when we reach college, we would be able to fully focus on the major courses. --Xean Sennheizer Salvador, 15, Grade 9 student (St. Joseph’s Academy)
I am from one of the last batches that used the old college curriculum where Filipino was one of our major subjects. Now that there is K-12, I believe college should focus on the standards of the different college programs. Based on my observation, there are unnecessary subjects in college when students are supposed to give more time to the major subjects.--Theone Gwyn Manigos, 19, architecture student (CIT-U)
Filipino subjects remind Filipino students of who they are, which invokes a sense of patriotism and pride to the nation. Not all professions, though, require the said langauge. Languages are an important tool for trade, business and communication, which can be helpful to our foreign students. If this course is removed from the college curriculum, then there should be focus on Filipino subjects in elementary and high school.--Gabriele Raine Baljak, fitness coach / Miss Cebu 2016
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