Good manners and right conduct back in school curriculum

File photo from Presidential Communications.

By Butch Fernandez and Samuel Medenilla

Schools are once again going to have Good Manners and Right Conduct classes, as Republic Act 11476, or the GMRC and Values Education Act, was signed by President Duterte into law today, Thursday.

The law institutionalizes a comprehensive GMRC and Values Education program in the K-12 curriculum of the Department of the Education, replacing the current Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao curriculum. GMRC will be integrated into daily activities in the kindergarten level, and then it will be taught as a separate subject from Grades 1 to 6. Grades 7 to 10 will be taught a Values Education subject, into which GMRC shall be integrated. For Grades 11 and 12, Values Education shall be integrated in all subjects under the K- 12 Basic Education Curriculum.

GMRC was previously dissolved as a subject under the K-12 program in 2013.

Teachers with a diploma, certification, and/or training in the field of Values Education or other allied disciplines will be given preferential treatment in teaching the said subjects.

DepEd will be required to provide appropriate training and instructional materials for the said teachers. 
It will also be required to conduct an annual review of the institutionalization of GMRC and Values Education in the K to 12 curriculum.

The report will be submitted to the Committee of Basic Education of both houses of Congress within 30 days after the completion of the review.

DepEd will release the implementing rules and regulation for the new law within 90-day after it takes effect.  

“The signing of the GMRC and Values Education Act is really timely, and I want to thank the President for his swift action on this important measure,” said Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri, principal author of the senate bill.

“I hope the Department of Education can work on the IRR in time for the opening of classes come August,” he added. “With many schools set on implementing distance learning, it’s going to be even more vital that we give our students formative guidance through GMRC and Values Education.”

“Kids are going to be at home all day, learning in isolation from their peers. They’re not going to have the natural avenues for empathetic learning that springs from face-to-face interaction with their peers and with their teachers. Hopefully, a strengthened GMRC and Values Education program will make up for that,” Zubiri said.

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  1. Since GMRC is once again back to the curriculum. where to buy a book for this to teach in Criminilogy Students tertiary level?

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