EDUCATION Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro on Wednesday assured President Benigno Aquino 3rd that proper Philippine history–which includes the country’s national heroes–is being taught to students under the K-12 program of the agency.
In an interview with The Manila Times, Luistro said he had talked with President Aquino after the latter weighed in on the youth’s apparent lack of knowledge about the country’s history.
The President said he was particularly bothered by remarks purportedly made by students who watched the epic film “Heneral Luna” as to why Apolinario Mabini, whose part was acted out by Epy Quizon, was sitting throughout the movie.
In an interview aired over ABS-CBN’s morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda,” Quizon narrated how he was approached by three students who asked him why he was sitting during the entire film.
He said he asked the students if they knew who Apolinario Mabini was, and they answered “no.”
Reacting to the remark of Quizon, the President said, “What have we been teaching these kids in our history classes?”
“I assured the President that Philippine history, including local and national heroes, is taught in Grades 4, 5 and 6 in the new K to 12 curriculum,” Lusitro said.
Mabini–the country’s first prime minister who is known by his historical moniker as the “Brains of the Philippine Revolution” and the “Sublime Paralytic”–lost the use of both his legs to polio shortly before the 1896 Revolution started.
“I believe the Mr. Quizon from [the]three students are not reflective of the students’ level of [knowledge about]our heroes,” Luistro said.
“We have extracurricular activities that touch on the lives of prominent Filipinos,” he added.
Luistro said he will discuss the issue with school supervisors.
“In any case, I committed to discuss this concern with our curriculum supervisors, validate
if majority of the students have similar deficiencies and ensure that we do not just simply dismiss the issue without a fair assessment of the real situation,” he added.
The President made the remark when he conferred the 2015 Apolinario Mabini Awards to outstanding persons with disabilities (PWDs) and advocates for their welfare.
The Apolinario Mabini Awards was launched in 1974 to give recognition to individuals with disabilities and professionals and various groups that have rendered outstanding service to PWDs.