House passes bill requiring GMRC subject from Kinder to Grade 3

MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers want to make it mandatory for students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 in all public and private schools to take a Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) subject.

On Tuesday, February 4, the House of Representatives approved on 3rd and final reading House Bill (HB) No. 5829 or the “Good Manners and Right Conduct Act” with a vote of 225-0-0.

The Senate version of the GMRC Act was already passed in the committee level and has to be passed on 2nd and 3rd reading before the measure can be transmitted to Malacañang for President Rodrigo Duterte's signature.

What are the main provisions? If passed into law, HB 5829 would institutionalize GMRC as part of the Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao curriculum of the Department of Education’s Kindergarten to 12 program. 

The GMRC subject would be taught every year from Kinder until Grade 3. (READ: [OPINION] Are the K-12 kids alright? Like really?)

The bill would require GMRC instructors to teach students about “human dignity, respect for oneself and giving oneself to others in the spirit of community, for the effective and holistic development of the decision-making skills of the child.” (READ: The value of education in the age of social media)

The measure also says the teaching method would be situational than conceptual, allowing students to “directly relate to the lessons, readily put them in practice, and make such behavior commonplace.”

Who are the authors? No less than Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is among the primary authors of HB 5829.

The complete list of the bill’s authors are as follows:

– Rappler.com

Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda writes about politics and women’s rights for Rappler. She covers the House of Representatives and the Office of the Vice President. Got tips? Send her an email at mara.cepeda@rappler.com or shoot her a tweet @maracepeda.

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