DepEd chief: Filipino heroes' lives being taught in schools

EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro has assured that the lives of prominent Filipinos, especially heroes, are being thought in schools.

The Department of Education chief made the commitment after President Benigno Aquino III called his attention on reports that some students were not aware who Apolinario Mabini was and why actor, Epy Quizon, who portrayed his role in "Heneral Luna" never stood up until the end of the movie.

"Nagkausap na sila," Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Thursday in a regular press briefing.

He said Luistro assured the President that Philippine history, including local and national heroes is taught in Grades IV, V and VI in the new K to 12 curriculum.

"We also have extra curricular activities that touch on the lives of prominent Filipinos," Coloma said of Luistro's text message to him.

Luistro believed that those students who approached Quizon and asked why he was never seen standing nor walking in the movie was not a reflection of the Filipino youths who did not know that Mabini was a paralytic.

"I believe the comments Mr. Quizon received from three students are not reflective of the students’ level of awareness of our heroes. In any case, I committed to discuss this concern with the curriculum supervisors and validate if majority of the students have similar deficiencies and ensure we just do not simply dismiss the issue without fair assessment of the real situation," the DepEd chief said. (SDR/Sunnex)
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