FILIPINO will still be included in the curricula of all higher education institutions (HEIs), based on a memo by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) in compliance with a Supreme Court order.

Ched ordered all public and private HEIs last June 18 to continue the implementation of Ched Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 04 series of 1997, which requires students majoring in fields other than the Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication to take six units of Filipino.

HEIs must also implement CMO No. 59 series 1996, where the minimum requirement for the general education curriculum of Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication courses is nine units of Filipino subjects.

The Ched order was in compliance with the temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court against CMO No. 20 series of 2013, which excluded subjects like Filipino and Literature from the general education curriculum as part of the K to 12 reform that added two years to basic education.

Ched had required the transfer of a number of general education subjects to the new senior high school curriculum.

Institutions that refuse to comply with the new order face sanctions, Ched said. Kathryn Jedi V. Baylon


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