The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) respects the Supreme Court (SC) decision as it issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 20, Series of 2013 or known as the “General Education Curriculum (GEC): Holistic Understandings, Intellectual and Civic Competencies.”
The TRO rooted from a petition filed by professors from different universities and colleges, national artists and lawmakers. The petitioners said that the CMO will cause an enormous job displacement at the tertiary level.
According to CHED, CMO No. 20, s. 2013 is set to be implemented in academic year (AY) 2018-2019 when the first batch of Grade 12 students enter college.
“The passage of the K to 12 Law enables flexibility by freeing the GEC from Science, Mathematics, English, Filipino, Literature, Humanities and Social Studies subjects that are more appropriately taught in the Senior High School,” CHED said.
The Commission emphasized that the CMO also provides the entire GE curriculum or parts of it may be taught in Filipino or English, in keeping with Art. XIV, Sec. 7 of the Constitution. For this purpose, the course descriptions issued are written in both languages.
Furthermore, CHED said that they will immediately coordinate with the counsel and prepare a concise brief to provide the high court the justification and rationale for CMO No. 20, s. 2013.