MILITANT youth group League of Filipino Students (LFS) on Wednesday slammed the decision of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to scrap Filipino subjects from the general education curriculum (GEC) for college students.
CHED Memorandum Order 20 Series of 2013 states that Filipino courses will only be offered to Filipino majors starting in the academic year 2016.
LFS national spokesperson Charlotte Velasco said “it is infuriating that while we will commemorate Independence Day, CHED and the Aquino government has just imposed another unpatriotic and anti-Filipino policy.”
The youth leader said that “instead of coming up with ideas on how to develop literacy in our national language among our youth, the government has chosen to enforce a policy in favor of foreign interests.”
Velasco reminded the administration that language was a crucial part of nation-building. She added that the CHED order affirmed that the Philippine education system does not serve the needs of the Filipino people.
“The memorandum order will only worsen the colonial character of our education and society,” Velasco added.
“Along with the previous implementation of the K-to-12 program and the academic calendar shift, the Aquino government proves to have no interest in shaping a nationalist education that is essential for our country’s progress and development. What’s left for the youth is a type of education that only wishes to produce semi-skilled laborers for the global market,” Velasco said.
The LFS also said the policy will lead to the closure of Filipino departments in different colleges and universities and will leave 10,000 Filipino teachers jobless.
“This is complete betrayal of our heroes who fought for our language, our national freedom and identity. The more Aquino demonstrates his shameless kowtowing to his foreign masters and shows his gross neglect to the Filipino youth, the more he justifies our call for his ouster,” Velasco said.